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The Giro d'Italia's Secret Holocaust Hero and Cycling Champ

May 3, 2018 | by Jerusalem U

During WWII, record-breaking Italian cyclist Gino Bartali used his bicycle to smuggle forged documents, saving 800 Jews from death.

Bartali’s brave act of defiance against the Nazis made him a hero and inspired the prestigious Giro d’Italia 2018 bike race to begin in Israel this May, the first time the race has opened outside Europe.

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