It was Jeanny Watts von Schwarzenstein, who sprang into action. She was a Scottish baroness, Widow of Alfons von Mumm a German business man and diplomatic who worked for the emperor William the second, during the 20’s. The couple had a house in Portofino and when Alfons died she decided to remain there alone. She was fluent in German and above all she was not scared to speak with commander Reimers.
She brought to mind the monster of this plan, she told him that this atrocity would return like a boomerang against his head.
Portofino was spared as the Germans retreated north. Jeanny Watts von Schwarzenstein was bury in the tiny cemetery of Portofino where she is still today.