A Sports Champion’s Secret Life Saving Jews During the Italian Holocaust

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In Florence, Italy, July 1944, Tour de France champion Gino Bartali faced possible torture and death at the hands of the ironically-named Major Mario Carita. Though the military officer’s last name meant “charity,” his idol was a brutal killer: Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi leader in charge of Hitler’s Gestapo and SS. Why was Bartali, a [Read More...]

The 2013 Christopher Award Winners for TV, Film and Books Are…

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NEW YORK, April 9, 2013 — A world-renowned singer/songwriter explores the role music played in raising awareness about apartheid. A Tour de France winner joins forces with a Catholic cardinal to save Jewish lives in World War II Italy. An ex-convict in 19th-century France discovers that “to love another person is to see the face [Read More...]

Why “Les Miserables” Has the Greatest Ending in Movie History

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(“Les Miserables” comes out on DVD March 22.) I generally roll my eyes at grand generalizations about movies, like “So-and-so is the greatest actor of his generation!” Those kinds of sentiments are a matter of subjective opinion, especially when they apply to actors who are barely in their twenties. Yet today, I’m going to make [Read More...]

“The Blind Side’s” Happy Super Bowl Ending

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Many of you have seen the Christopher Award-winning movie “The Blind Side,” which told the story of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy (played by Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock) adopting homeless teen, Michael Oher, supporting him and his education, and helping to launch his football career with the Baltimore Ravens. It was a happy ending [Read More...]


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