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 Screenplay written by Thomas Gatus and George Perantoni ©2015 

Based on the true story of an Italian family and their Polish friends
during World War II in the city of Lwów (former eastern Poland)
and Volargne di Dolcé in north Italy's Valpolicella region.

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"La Grande Storia" by RAI- Italian Television - narrating the story of Fascism and Nazism and comparing Hitler and Mussolini as men of two different personalities. Link contains 6 other related RAI-TV series.

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Victor with Andre Frodel circa 1933.  Click for more photos

'The War of Lions' narrates wartime experiences endured by Victor Perantoni and Polish friends who find themselves on both sides of enemy lines. Picture below shows Victor (suspenders and knickers) with his older friend Andre Frodel (avid stamp collector, a main character). As a soldier Andre fought alongside the brave Polish 2nd Corps in the battles of Montecassino and Bologna. "The War of Lions" is named after the city where Victor was born, Lwow (Lviv-Lemberg-Leopolis) which means "Lions" and "City of Lion." The populations of eastern Poland and the city of Lwow were invaded four times by two aggressive and violent armies in the first two years of WWII. Polish soldiers fought valiantly against the Nazis for the freedom of their country, but in 1945 when Allied nations celebrated victory Poland fell captive to the soviets once more and their brave Polish army could not return to their homeland, having gained nothing for their sacrifices.

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      It is early September, 2001. New York’s World Trade Center is no more.
In Orlando, Florida, Vittorio Perantoni, now 89 years of age, sees that event as but a continuation of what began in 1914 – the First World War. But why?
In his teens during the 1930’s, an Italian living in Lwow, Poland, he and Luigi work with their father, Carlo, at operating the family’s successful winery-pasta tavern, and managing their import business of distributing wine from Italy.
But Hitler’s 1939 invasion of Poland changes all of that. When the Italian Consulate orders Italian nationals to leave Poland, the Perantoni family is suddenly forced to leave their considerable wealth behind. Victor’s girlfriends will also be left behind as he flees to Switzerland to avoid Italy's fascist draft.
Left too are his friends Andrẻ, Franki, and “Padre.” All of these persons will be scattered as they face the fears, hardships, and physical abuses of the war. The war drags on as Europe burns. His friends Andrẻ and Franki are commandeered into the Russian Army; his girlfriend Dani faces deportation to a Nazi death camp; and Vittorio too is nearly captured and imprisoned. All are wondering: will life ever be the same again?

Victor at age 17
Victor at age 17

Most photographs in this website were taken by Victor Perantoni from age 16 (1928)
to age 27 (1939). 

Some photos of Italy and of his Italian friends were taken during WWII, 1939 to 1945.

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Victor at age 25
Victor at age 25