Thanks in large part to the dedication and expertise of Dr Michael Jolles, a London physician and an historian of Anglo-Jewry, the Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History contains potted biographies of numerous highly distinguished medicos and scientists from Nazi persecution who fled to Britain, much to Britain's enrichment.
Here's the in-a-nutshell entry for Sir Ludwig:
"Born in Tost, Upper Silesia, the son of an innkeeper and distiller, he took refuge in Britain in 1939. In 1944 he became foundation Director of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Convinced that paraplegics would gain physical, therapeutic, and psychological benefits from sport, an idea that was revolutionary at the time, he organised, in 1948 on the hospital lawn, competitive games for the disabled to coincide with the Olympic Games that were being held in London. In 1952 the so-called Stoke Mandeville Games involved over 130 competitors, and were awarded the Fearnley Cup in 1956 for their promotion of the Olympic spirit. They developed into the Paralympic Games, first held in Rome in 1960 and held ever since immediately after the Olympics. In 1960 Guttmann founded the Association of the Disabled. He retired from Stoke Mandeville in 1966 and in 1976 published his Textbook of Sport for the Disabled. Appointed OBE (1950) and CBE (1960) he was knighted in 1966."
That Doco is on YT, you should read my daily links on EoZ!ReplyDelete
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There was also "The Queen's Mother in Law" about Princess Alice. It hasn't turned up on YT, but it's around if you know where to look.
Just rescued this from the Spam box, Ian!Delete
Your links are an amazing resource - I have of course noticed them on Elder's blog but don't look daily (very busy at the moment preparing for a big house move ...)
Oh no not the Spam box! Do you get a lot of emails offering the "Best of Men"?Delete
Ch4 have a novel way of avoiding a BBC style Olympics scandal. They don't have any country profiles and only list British athletes!
Sorry, just found this and another comment of yours on the Spam box. Ridiculous. I really must remember to check there more regularly.Delete
Well-spotted re Ch. 4 - I don't look at them that much ...
As well as recommending that Israelis should be proud of Sir Ludwig's work, I also commend the opening speeches of the Paralympics by Lord Coe and Sir Phillip Craven. They both paid fulsome tribute to Sir Ludwig's work. A somewhat marked contrast to the commentary of Jon Snow on the parade of Athletes. He and his colleague really struggled to find anything positive to say about Israel.ReplyDelete
I'm glad I missed Snow's comments, Ian. He is an old hand at demeaning Israel.Delete