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Cardinal Ella Dalla Costa, who as Archbishop of Florence directed his diocese to save hundreds of Italian Jews in 1943, has been recognised by Yad Vashem as a "Righteous Gentile".
Dalla Costa organized Italian priests to aid Jewish refugees by hiding them in monasteries and church institutions.
Florence was the scene of a major rescue mission during WWII in a joint mission between Jewish leaders and the Catholic Church.
Dalla Costa died in 1960. Without identified next of kin, his medal will be kept at Yad Vashem.Thursday, November 29, 2012