The untold saga of Italians who rescued Jews and other refugees who fled the Nazis in World War II. A film by Oscar® nominee Oren Jacoby, My Italian Secret features Gino Bartali, the charismatic Italian cycling hero who risked his life over and over to save innocent lives. Narrated by Isabella Rossellini.
My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes
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.
Producer: Oren Jacoby
Production Company: Italy and the Holocaust Inc.
Production Year: 2015
Copyright Year: 2013
Narrator: Isabella Rossellini
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 90 minutes
Subtitle Languages: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
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