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Hugh O'Flaherty
Birth: Feb. 28, 1898
County Kerry, Ireland
Death: Oct. 30, 1963
County Kerry, Ireland

World War II figure. Hugh O'Flaherty was born in County Kerry, Ireland. He became a Catholic priest and was ordained in Rome on December 20, 1925. After his ordination, he worked at the Vatican. He was appointed to the Vatican Diplomatic Service and served with the Diplomatic service in Egypt, Haiti, Santo Domingo and Czechoslovakia. He returned to the Vatican shortly before World War II. During World War II, Monsignor O'Flaherty ran a network that helped Jews and allied pilots escape Nazi persecution. He is estimated to have saved about 4,000 people. One of the more interesting stories is Msgr. O’Flaherty’s relationship with Colonel Herbert Kappler, who was head of the Rome Gestapo. Kappler made numerous attempts to catch Msgr. O’Flaherty who narrowly escaped capture on several occasions. Towards the end of the war, as the allied armies approached Rome, Kappler asked Msgr. O’Flaherty to help Kappler’s family flee Rome. Surprisingly, Msgr. O’Flaherty helped Kappler’s family escape. After the war, Kappler was sentenced to life imprisonment. Msgr. O’Flaherty became a regular visitor and in 1959, Colonel Kappler became a Catholic. He was baptized by Msgr. O'Flaherty. Msgr. O'Flaherty's exploits earned him the nickname the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican and his story is told in the movie The Scarlet and the Black. He is buried behind the Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church in Cahirciveen, County Kerry, Ireland.  (bio by: Anonymous) 
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church
County Kerry, Ireland
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Record added: Nov 04, 2004
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