Who would expect an escaped political prisoner would pose as a Spanish diplomat during WWII to save the lives of people in a country not his own? With the option to sneak away and pursue his personal safety, Giorgio Perlasca chose to remain in order to give hope and heroic aid to over five thousand Jews.
Long before reindeer named Rudolph and trees adorned with lights became symbols of Christmas and long before wrapping paper and silvery bows were the ideal way to give, Nikolaos of Myra lived out a series of selfless acts that would be remembered for the ages. His legacy of giving has become a tradition of millions around the world. Yet, little is known about the original secret giver who would be later be mythologized as Santa Claus.