Parish priest, clerk honoured as war heroes
Italians named Righteous Among the Nations for 1943 rescue01 October, 19:08
The "Righteous Among the Nations" award for martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust was given by the Yad Vashem organization to Don Ugo Corsini and Antonio Gigli who helped Guido Spiegel, his wife and two children when they were forced to flee Trieste in 1943.
The family, lost and exhausted, found shelter with the parish priest Corsini, who helped them to connect with Gigli.
He, in turn, found false documents for the Spiegel family that allowed them to escape capture and likely death.
In fact, Guido Spiegel later used his knowledge of the German language to work with Italian partisans in undermining the central command of the Nazi forces in Florence.
After the Second World War, the Spiegel family returned to Trieste and eventually made their way to Israel.
The Yad Vashem organization works to educate and document history related to the Holocaust, and also honours non-Jews who risked their lives, liberty or positions to save Jews during the Holocaust.