A fascinating story of a man recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.
The 2018 Giro d’Italia is the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia, one of cycling’s Grand Tour races. The Giro started in Jerusalem on 4 May with a 9.7 km (6 mi) individual time trial, followed by two additional stages in Israel. After a rest day, there will be 18 further stages in Italy to reach the finish in Rome on 27 May.
The 2018 Giro d’Italia Israel start paid tribute to legendary Italian cyclist, Gino Bartali, a three-time winner of the Giro d’Italia. Bartali helped rescue hundreds of Italian Jews during the Holocaust and was recognized by Yad Vashem in 2013 as Righteous Among the Nations.
The short film I am sharing with you today may feel made-for-Netflix, but I assure you every word is true.
It’s the story of famed cyclist Gino Bartali, and how he helped rescue 800 Jews from under the Nazis’ nose.
Bartali could have used his popularity to keep himself safe; there was no reason to put himself in danger. Instead, he used his fame as cover, cycling thousands of miles to smuggle forged documents in his bike, or distracting Nazi guards, allowing Jews to escape trains bound for concentration camps.
Amazingly, Bartali didn’t talk about his exploits. After the war, the two-time Tour de France winner and three-time Giro d’Italia victor returned to competitive racing.
Bartali died in 2000, and was only publicly honored for his incredible actions in 2013, when he was recognized by Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations;” the highest accolade awarded to individuals who risked their lives to save Jews from the Nazis during the holocaust.
To honor Bartali and to perpetuate his life-defining mantra “good is something you do, not something you talk about,” please watch this story and recognize a true hero who stood up for others in danger.