Capital District Council for the Social Studies (Albany, NY)
The movie reveals a clandestine Italian resistance movement that helped save many Jews during the Shoah. Among the figures spotlighted is Tour de France cycling champion Gino Bartali (voiced by Oscar nominee Robert Loggia). The film tells the story of brave Italians who defied the Nazis and Fascists to hide, rescue, and protect thousands of innocents during the Holocaust. Also featured is Dr. Giovanni Borromeo, who invented a fictitious disease to defend the Rome hospital where he was hiding Jews as well as other courageous Italians who carried out ingenious schemes to rescue Jews, partisans and refugees from Nazi-occupied Italy. These inspiring acts are recounted by descendants of rescuers and survivors, as well as those who escaped the concentration camps as children.
La Rabinessa Liora Kelman of Congregation Beth Israel will share with us her own family history of survival. She will talk about her family, the Saranos from Milan, and how they were saved in the small Italian village of Mombaroccio, during the Holocaust.
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