Once a skinny and weak child, Gino Bartali rose to become a Tour de France champion and one of cycling's greatest stars. But all that seemed unimportant when his country came under the grip of a brutal dictator and entered World War II on the side of Nazi Germany.
Bartali might have appeared a mere bystander to the harassment and hatred directed toward Italy’s Jewish people, but secretly he accepted a role in a dangerous plan to help them.
Putting his own life at risk, Bartali used his speed and endurance on a bike to deliver documents Jewish people needed to escape harm. His inspiring story reveals how one person could make a difference against violence and prejudice during the time of the Holocaust.---from the publisher
40 pages 978-1684460632 Ages 9-12
Keywords: bravery, courage, Holocaust, helping others, prejudice, racism, cycling, bicycles, risk, role of the individual, power of the individual, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, history, biography, heroes, Jewish. athlete, sports, Social Studies Curriculum
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