Often compared to Oskar Schindler, Giorgio Perlasca is the lesser-known Italian hero who saved the lives of several thousand Jews during the Holocaust. His amazing story is told in 'Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man'. Luca Zingaretti from BBC hit series Montalbano plays Georgio Perlasca, an Italian cattle dealer who found himself trapped in Budapest in 1944. Witness to the violent treatment of Jews, he sacrifices his own freedom to save thousands of lives. The year is 1944 in Budapest, Hungary and Georgio Perlasca an Italian import-export dealer is there on business. The war is raging but he has managed to largely avoid anything to do with it - that is until he witnesses the cruel and violent round-up of Hungarian Jews by the occupying Germans. Sacrificing his own escape he impersonates a Spanish consul and over a period of some 45 days, from 1 December 1944 to 16 January 1945, his heroic actions save the lives of more than five thousand Jews. Forty years would pass before the world would hear the story of Perlasca's courage and bravery when Israel honoured him the Righteous Among Nations Award.