My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes
Catalogue Number: 041822
Producer: PBS Video
Subject: Biography, Documentary, History, Social Studies, World History
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: U.S.
Copyright Year: 2015
Running Time: 90
Closed Captions: Yes
Would you risk your life to save a stranger? My Italian Secret tells the story of cycling idol Gino Bartali, Dr. Giovanni Borromeo, and other courageous Italians who carried out ingenious schemes to rescue Jews, partisans, and refugees from Nazi-occupied Italy.
Celebrated as a Tour De France champion, Gino Bartali's most daring triumph came when he risked his life to save Italian Jews by smuggling fake identification documents in the frame of his bicycle. Dr. Borromeo invented a fictitious disease to scare the SS away from the hospital where he was hiding Jews.
These men, and the networks in which they worked, reflect the efforts of thousands of Italians who risked their lives to save others. As an entire continent was engulfed in genocide, more than 80 percent of Italy's Jews survived. In My Italian Secret, Oscar®-nominated director Oren Jacoby reveals the dramatic stories of a secret underground that has remained largely unknown until now.
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