The Tartan Pimpernel by Donald Caskie

The Tartan Pimpernel by Donald Caskie is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read and its content is as fresh, shocking and thought provoking as it was when it was first published in the 1950s. The Rev. Caskie’s bravery and fundamental belief in doing the right thing despite the risk to his own life in occupied France in WWII is inspiring. He is credited with helping to save the lives of over 2000 allied service personnel and helping them to escape. It is written in such a self assured but humble style that you can help but warm to this warm hearted and selfless man who felt it was his duty to help people and oppose the Nazis. He was eventually interred and tortured for his actions and at the end of the war returned to his congregation to continue his ministry. This is a story full of twists and turns that is so real what you could not make it up. To me that is the most refreshing thing – this is true and it is clear that this quiet Gaelic speaking Highland minister deserves more recognition for his actions.

 

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