Homeless man who ate with Churchill dies

Homeless man who ate with Churchill dies
Screenshot from Il Passaggio della Linea: YouTube
Arturo Nicolodi, a homeless man in Trentino who once dined with former British prime minister Winston Churchill has died aged 97.

Arturo Nicolodi, who was imprisoned in a concentration camp during the Second World War and became homeless by choice, also dined with Italy's post-war leader, Alcide De Gasperi, according to a report on Il Gazzetino.

After the war, Nicolodi was arrested several times for tearing his ID card and insulting Italian President Enrico De Nicola. He spent a large part of his life sleeping on trains after deciding to become homeless.

In 1953, the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, devoted a long article to his hunger strike, while Il Passaggio della Linea (Crossing the Line), which filmed his life on Italy's trains, was screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2007.

Il Gazzetino said that Nocolodi was born into a middle class family. He was admitted to a nursing home in Trentino at the age of 90, where he passed away.

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