A Survivor of the Munich Olympics and Bergen-Belsen

[New York Times ] Neil Amdur - Even as the Beijing Olympics beckon next month, the renewed threat of terrorism, first exposed in the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli Olympians, now hovers in new forms unspoken through intense security preparations. King of the Road (Gefen), is the autobiography of Israeli race walker Shaul Ladany, 72, the ultimate survivor. In Munich, he managed to escape the wrath of terrorists during the attack in the Olympic village. He also spent months in a Nazi concentration camp (Bergen-Belsen). Ladany speaks nine languages and is a professor of industrial engineering with 8 patents, 110 scientific papers, and 13 books. He participated in the recent 7-day, 300-kilometer walk from Schleswig, Germany, to Viborg, Denmark; and will swim 3.5 kilometers across the Sea of Galilee for the 48th time this fall as part of Israel's largest amateur sports event. Two years ago, he became the first 70-year-old to walk 100 miles in 24 hours or less.

2008-07-18 01:00:00

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