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By Betty Vanderwielen

Bozeman Author Relates WWII Hero's Story


Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Open Book Club featured author Mark Sullivan shows Seeley-Swan High School junior Kyle Pelletier how to autograph a book. Prior to Sullivan's presentation, Kyle gave such an earnest recitation of the poem he had written, entitled "Mother," that the noted author figured Kyle might have some autographing in his future.

SEELEY LAKE – On the brink of suicide, author Mark Sullivan pulled himself back and instead prayed to find a story to write, one that had purpose, one that could consume him and give his own life meaning. That same evening a stranger told him about Pino Lella, an Italian teenager during World War II who not only helped Jews flee across the Alps to safety in Switzerland but fortuitously found himself in a position to spy on one of Hitler's most powerful commanders. And the best part – Lella was still alive.

After 10 years of extensive interviews and even more extensive research, Sullivan...

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