Gino Bartali was an Italian cycling legend who won the Giro d’Italia three times and the Tour de France on two occasions.
But he was much more than a renowned cyclist.
The late Bartali on Monday was recognized a ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ by the Israeli Museum of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem for helping Jews who were being persecuted by the Nazis during the German occupation of Italy in World War Two.
Risking his life, Bartali used his fame and the pretense of training to carry hidden messages and forged documents to various Jewish contacts across Italy.
Yad Vashem said Bartali, who died aged 85 in 2000, helped save the lives of countless Italian Jews.