My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes 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, artisans 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 Isrsel will share her family history of survival. The Saranos of Milan were saved in the small Italian village of Mobaroccio during the Holocaust.Sponsored by the Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Committee, The Roman Catholic Dioceses of Albany, The Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY and the American Italian Heritage Museum.
Running Time: 2 hoursParental Guidance: Not rated