October 2020 Issue contents - Feature
Gentile’s pal, U.S. spy Mario Brod
By Thomas Hunt
"During World War II’s Allied invasion of Sicily, American civil affairs units followed closely behind the combat forces, working with local residents to reestablish necessary services in the communities liberated from Fascist and Nazi forces. Lieutenant Mario Brod, born in New York to Italian immigrant parents, played an important role in securing the early cooperation of the Sicilians, while also serving in a counter-intelligence capacity. Brod quickly won the friendship of Nicola Gentile and secretly maintained Gentile as an intelligence source for many years. Mario Emanuel Brod was born in New York City on October 4, 1909, the second child of Vittorio Emanuel and Rosa Brod. His parents had been in the United States since about 1906. His father was employed as a lace salesman..."
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