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3/6/2019 Member News

Road to Valor, Book Talk with Author Aili McConnon

 

McConnon to speak in St. Petersburg at The Florida Holocaust Museum

 

March 6, 2019 [St. Petersburg, FL] - The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) is hosting a book talk with Author Aili McConnon! McConnon wrote Road to Valor, the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II.

 

Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend who not only won the Tour de France twice but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories. In Road to Valor, Aili and Andres McConnon chronicle Bartali's journey, from an impoverished childhood in rural Tuscany to his first triumph at the 1938 Tour de France. 

 

As World War II ravaged Europe, Bartali undertook dangerous activities to help those being targeted in Italy, including sheltering a family of Jews and smuggling counterfeit identity documents in the frame of his bicycle. After the grueling wartime years, the chain-smoking, Chianti-loving, 34-year-old underdog came back to win the 1948 Tour de France, an exhilarating performance that helped unite his fractured homeland.

 

Based on nearly ten years of research, Road to Valor is the first book ever written about Bartali in English and the only book written in any language to explore the full scope of Bartali's wartime work.  An epic tale of courage, resilience, and redemption, it is the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century. 

 

This program is free and open to the public! To RSVP, please call 727.820.0100 ext. 301

 

This program is part of The FHM's 2019 Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement (GHRAM) series. Thank you to Richard Rappaport for generously sponsoring this program and Wells Fargo for sponsoring The FHM's 2019 Genocide and Human Rights Awareness (GHRAM) series. 

The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. 

 

About The Florida Holocaust Museum

One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit www.TheFHM.org

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