THE MAN WHO SAVED FLORENCE by David Tutaev

THE MAN WHO SAVED FLORENCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

...not from the flood but from the Nazis. Dr. Gerhard Wolf was German Consul in Florence from 1940-1944 and during the German occupation of the city. A subtle humanist. Wolf used his office to secure safety for many of Florence's citizens--the venerable Berenson, impoverished aristocrats, stranded British, the Jews of the city. He could not save the Ponte Santa Trinita from destruction by the Nazis fearing the Allied advance on what had been unofficially declared an open city. (Hitler opted to save the Ponte Vecchio.) Confusion and tension mounted in 1944; Wolf gave under the strain, but regained his health to become an honorary citizen of the city of Florence for his courageous service. A footnote central to humanity's concerns, but the telling will not make much of an inroad on the Is Paris Burning? market.

Pub Date: Dec. 29th, 1967
Publisher: Coward-McCann