Saturday, May 10, 2014
For Gino Bartali/Miep Gies And All Heroes
There is a fantastic piece on the BBC about an Italian biker from World War II, did you see it? You may read it here. Gino Bartali: The Cyclist Who Saved Jews In wartime Italy. The title alone tells you his story but words are hard to convey the courage of what he did. (He acted as a courier, carrying photographs and identity documents but when stopped, he said that his bike could not be touched as it was carefully calibrated for weight! As he was training for the Tour de France, he got away with it!) I wonder if we can truly appreciate those who helped when it would have been a death sentence to have been found out? Much like Miep Gies, who helped Anne Frank and her family in hiding in Amsterdam, it is something that we should think about, remember and honor.
For the countries who were occupied during World War II, I can only say that the difficulties that they endured are just very hard for me to imagine. I am reading a book just now, which is set in Norway, and I am FILLED with admiration for the Norwegian people. I just read that this book was made into a movie in 1958 and it was voted the most beloved movie in all of Norway. I will tell you about this book very soon, but for now, I can tell you that it is a book that very often makes me put my hand over my heart in awe and respect.
Please read that article about Gino Bartali on the BBC. These true stories are ones that we should know about and share with all that we know- for Gino Bartali, Miep Gies and for all the heroes, known and unknown
The photo above is of Eastbourne in England which is on the southeast coast of England. This is so very close to France! The Germans bombed England heavily and there was great loss of life but Great Britain was never occupied, except for the Channel Islands. (There was a great TV series about the Channel Islands in World War 2, I can't remember the name of it, it starred Hugh Bonneville, the same star from Downton Abbey, if you ever see it repeated, make sure you watch it.)