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Israelis You Should Know: Shaul Ladany

Shaul Ladany (Photo: Fritz Cohen/GPO)

Over the past month or two, we have enjoyed sharing with you Israelis who have made their country and countrymen proud with their athletic exploits and talents. Today, we bring you the amazing story - from The Times of Israel's Hillel Kuttler - of a world-record Israeli racewalker who also survived both the Holocaust and the 1972 Munich Games massacre:

Shaul Ladany, a two-time Olympian, acknowledged that he was “very happy” that the International Olympic Committee finally held an official memorial for the 11 Israelis who were killed in a terrorist raid at the 1972 Munich Games.

But Ladany, an Israeli racewalker who still holds a world record, didn’t need the Aug. 3 ceremony at the Rio Games to remember the tragedy. He was there, forced to flee the dorms where the terrorists held his teammates hostage.

“I remember everything that happened in Munich. I don’t need special memorial services to remind me,” said Ladany...

Even before Munich, Ladany was no stranger to survival, having made it through the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II as an 8-year-old.

Yet at 80 he’s still going strong, competing in long walk races and swimming events...

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