New games! PlayTrivia andBirthle.


Hugh O'Flaherty

1898 - 1963

Photo of Hugh O'Flaherty

Icon of person Hugh O'Flaherty

Hugh O'Flaherty (28 February 1898 – 30 October 1963) was an Irish Catholic priest, a senior official of the Roman Curia and a significant figure in the Catholic resistance to Nazism. During the Second World War, O'Flaherty was responsible for saving 6,500 Allied soldiers and Jews. His ability to evade the traps set by the German Gestapo and Sicherheitsdienst (SD) earned him the nickname "The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican".After the war, he was named a papal domestic prelate by Pope Pius XII and served as notary of the Holy Office. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hugh O'Flaherty has received more than 468,711 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Hugh O'Flaherty is the 2,064th most popular religious figure (down from 1,933rd in 2019), the 157th most popular biography from Ireland (up from 181st in 2019) and the 13th most popular Irish Religious Figure.

Memorability Metrics

  • 470k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 48.99

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 16

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.40

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.45

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Hugh O'Flaherties by language


Among religious figures, Hugh O'Flaherty ranks 2,064 out of 2,238Before him are Aleksander Kakowski, Harsiese A, Mir Qasim, Calgacus, Pedro Pardo de Cela, and Irmã Dulce. After him are Peter III of Alexandria, Wolfgang Haas, Marie-Eugénie de Jésus, Aram I, Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira, and Remigius of Rouen.

Most Popular Religious Figures in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1898, Hugh O'Flaherty ranks 158Before him are Dorothy Gish, Masuji Ibuse, Jan Brzechwa, Boughera El Ouafi, Anthony McAuliffe, and Simon Vestdijk. After him are Arend Heyting, Louis Adamic, Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, Emmanuel Bove, Aksel Airo, and Vasily Lebedev-Kumach. Among people deceased in 1963, Hugh O'Flaherty ranks 113Before him are Dick Powell, Fernando Tambroni, Erich Ollenhauer, Melville J. Herskovits, Benny Moré, and Mary Agnes Chase. After him are Barnum Brown, Shinobu Ishihara, Marie Marvingt, Wladimir Aïtoff, Ulises Saucedo, and John Farrow.

Others Born in 1898

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1963

Go to all Rankings

In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Hugh O'Flaherty ranks 157 out of 501Before him are Mary Harris Jones (1837), Shelley McNamara (1952), Aphex Twin (1971), Nicholas Aylward Vigors (1785), William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker (1620), and Michael William Balfe (1808). After him are Adomnán (624), Tom Moore (1883), Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852), Alan Cunningham (1887), Geraldine Fitzgerald (1913), and Alicia Boole Stott (1860).


Among religious figures born in Ireland, Hugh O'Flaherty ranks 13Before him are Saint Kilian (640), Saint Fiacre (607), Dymphna (700), Kevin of Glendalough (498), Coloman of Stockerau (1000), and Catald (700). After him are Adomnán (624), Finnian of Clonard (470), Aidan of Lindisfarne (600), William Quan Judge (1851), Violet Gibson (1876), and Oliver Plunkett (1625).