Cardinal Elia Angelo Dalla Costa, the World War II–era Archbishop of Florence, has been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.
In an announcement issued Nov. 26, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem said Dalla Costa was recognized as a Righteous Gentile earlier this year “for spearheading the rescue of hundreds of Jews in Florence during the Holocaust.” Dalla Costa died in 1961 at 89.
Israel’s Holocaust memorial said that during the Holocaust, Florence was the scene of a major rescue effort led by Dalla Costa and Jewish leaders, including Rabbi Nathan Cassuto.
“This Jewish-Christian network, set up following the German occupation of Italy and the onset of deportation of Jews, saved hundreds of local Jews and Jewish refugees from territories which had previously been under Italian control, mostly in France and Yugoslavia,” the Yad Vashem statement said. — jta