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The former fascist who saved thousands of Jews

Issue No. 2345

This is the true story of Giorgio Perlasca, who hid thousands of Jews from the Nazis. 

Perlasca had been a fascist in the 1920s—he even fought for Franco in the Spanish Civil War. 

For this he was rewarded with a safe conduct pass for Spanish embassies. 

This meant that when he became disillusioned with fascism in Nazi-occupied Hungary he was able to get into the Spanish embassy.

More remarkably, when the Spanish consul was removed, Perlasca took his place. 

He then began to hide, shield and feed thousands of Jews. He used obscure Spanish laws to issue them safe conducts. 

This film deftly illustrates the horrors of fascism and the extraordinary risks seemingly unlikely people took to resist it. 

Siân Ruddick 

Perlasca: The courage of a just man. Directed by Alberto Negrin. Italian with subtitles. Available from 8 April

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Thu 21 Mar 2013, 15:42 GMT
Issue No. 2345
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