He has been called "the Italian Schindler,"
honored as a righteous gentile in Israel
and declared a martyr by Pope John Paul II for helping save 5,000 during the Holocaust.
But the New York Times reported Thursday that the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington has decided to remove Giovanni
Palatucci's heroic tale from an exhibition after being informed that he
was in fact an enthusiastic Nazi who collaborated with the deportation
of Jews to Auschwitz.