My Italian Secret

My Italian Secret

The Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust

DVD - 2015
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Tells the untold story of Tour de France cycling champion Gino Bartali and other courageous Italians who risked their lives to rescue Jews, partisans and other refugees in Nazi-occupied Italy.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
ISBN: 9781627895125
Branch Call Number: DVD-ED 945 MY ITAL
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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May 31, 2017

Liked this movie a lot. Have not seen so many movies about the fate of Italian Jews in WW2. I have to say that I love listening to Italian and having been to Italy a bunch of times, I love to see the monasteries and palazzos and convents.

Italians in 1938 adored Gino Bartali. He won the Tour de France. And again in 1948!. During the war he hid false documents in his bicycle and rode throughout Italy, from south to north and vice versa. He told only his son what he had done, and that was when his son was 30. Bartali said: if you do good and talk about it, there is personal gain.

The north was occupied but the south was free. Nuns, priests, aristocrats and ordinary people saved the lives of thousands of Jews. The statistic at the end is that 80% of Italian Jewry survived the war, in no small measure because of the efforts of rescuers.

Lots of interview, some of the people are pretty old - one man is 107 and says he has the mind of a 60-year-old. Love it. Music is good, the re-enactments are pretty good and usually I don't like them much. Really terrific interviews.


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