Italy remembers cycling champion who helped save Jews from the Nazis - theguardian | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Gino Bartali saved hundreds of Jews by transporting counterfeit identity papers hidden in the frame of his bike.

He was the star Italian cyclist whose victory in the Tour de France on the eve of the second world war made him a favourite of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. But he was also a devout Catholic who helped save hundreds of Jews from the Nazis by using his hero-status to courier false documents around Italy. [...]