A maneira como a 2ª Guerra Mundial afectou a vida na Europa e as consequências terríveis que deixou são hoje sobejamente conhecidas. No entanto, vão-se ainda descobrindo pequenas histórias que dão uma nova luz sobre a acção de indivíduos no meio do terror generalizado. O indíviduo em questão é Gino Bartali, um lendário ciclista italiano e ícone máximo do país (a par do eterno rival Fausto Coppi), por força das suas vitórias no Tour de França (1938) e no Giro de Itália (1936, 1937). A história está contada no link abaixo e destaco apenas o essencial.
“In 1943 Bartali, who had already won the Tour de France once and the Giro d’Italia twice, was assigned to the traffic police by the fascist regime, before leaving the job on 8 September. That was when he went underground, choosing to help persecuted Jews by smuggling identity photos to a convent that produced counterfeit papers.
“As far as the soldiers who guarded the road between Florence and San Quirico, near Assisi, were concerned, Bartali was merely on a 380-km training run. In fact, valuable documents were hidden inside the frame and saddle of his bicycle.”
Bartali remained modest about his actions, not even telling his wife. His own public comment was “Good is something you do, not something you talk about. Some medals are pinned to your soul, not to your jacket.”
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