British Olympian honoured in America

July 20, 2012

One of British Jewry’s rare Olympians has been singled out for a special honour by New York’s National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

Ben Helfgott, who captained the British weightlifting teams in the 1956 and 1960 Games, has won the Dick Steinberg Good Guy Award.

It is presented to someone judged to have lived up to the high ideals of the late manager of the New York Jets American football team.

Polish-born Mr Helfgott, 81, who came to Britain after surviving the Nazi camps, will receive the award in a ceremony next year.

Meanwhile, an Israeli-based label NU, has produced a campaigning t-shirt calling for a minute’s silence at the London Olympics for the Israelis murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Games 40 years ago. It displays pictures of the 11 victims with the slogan, “Just One Minute”.

Last updated: 12:13pm, July 20 2012