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Warburg in Rome

Carroll, James (Book - 2014 )
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"David Warburg, newly minted director of the U.S. War Refugee Board, arrives in Rome at war's end, determined to bring aid to the destitute European Jews streaming into the city. Marguerite d'Erasmo, a French-Italian Red Cross worker with a shadowed past, is initially Warburg's guide to a complicated Rome; while a charismatic young American Catholic priest, Monsignor Kevin Deane, seems equally committed to aiding Italian Jews. But the city is a labyrinth of desperate fugitives, runaway Nazis, Jewish resisters, and criminal Church figures. Marguerite, caught between justice and revenge, is forced to play a double game. At the center of the maze, Warburg discovers one of history's great scandals--the Vatican ratline, a clandestine escape route maintained by Church officials and providing scores of Nazi war criminals with secret passage to Argentina. Warburg's disillusionment is complete when, turning to American intelligence officials, he learns that the dark secret is not so secret, and that even those he trusts may betray him. James Carroll delivers an authoritative, stirring novel that reckons powerfully with the postwar complexities of good and evil in the Eternal City"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Carroll, James, 1943-
Title: Warburg in Rome
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2014]
Characteristics: 362 pages ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: James Carroll
Contents: Prelude. The name ; The files
Part One: War. A mighty endeavor ; Master of ceremonies ; Handkerchief ; Intercedite Pro Nobis ; A Jew's fantasy ; Cleopatra's Needle
Part II: Postwar. Road out ; Reds ; Obbedienza ; Nakam means revenge ; Ratline ; Vieni! Come!
Summary: "David Warburg, newly minted director of the U.S. War Refugee Board, arrives in Rome at war's end, determined to bring aid to the destitute European Jews streaming into the city. Marguerite d'Erasmo, a French-Italian Red Cross worker with a shadowed past, is initially Warburg's guide to a complicated Rome; while a charismatic young American Catholic priest, Monsignor Kevin Deane, seems equally committed to aiding Italian Jews. But the city is a labyrinth of desperate fugitives, runaway Nazis, Jewish resisters, and criminal Church figures. Marguerite, caught between justice and revenge, is forced to play a double game. At the center of the maze, Warburg discovers one of history's great scandals--the Vatican ratline, a clandestine escape route maintained by Church officials and providing scores of Nazi war criminals with secret passage to Argentina. Warburg's disillusionment is complete when, turning to American intelligence officials, he learns that the dark secret is not so secret, and that even those he trusts may betray him. James Carroll delivers an authoritative, stirring novel that reckons powerfully with the postwar complexities of good and evil in the Eternal City"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0547738900
9780547738901
Branch Call Number: FICTION CARROLL 2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Rome Fiction War relief Europe History 20th century Fiction Rescue work Europe History 20th century Fiction World War, 1939-1945 Civilian relief Fiction World War, 1939-1945 Jews Rescue Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Spy stories
Topical Term: War relief
Rescue work
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2013046582
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