Sir Ben Helfgott RIP
Ben Helfgott, one of two known Holocaust survivors to go on to compete in the Olympics, died on Friday at the age of 93.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mervis wrote:
"Sir Ben Helfgott was one of the most inspirational people I have known. He was a charismatic and passionate leader, who promoted the values of compassion, understanding, love and peaceful coexistence. His own horrific experiences inspired him to work tirelessly for a more peaceful and unified world and he inspired us to do likewise. Our thoughts today are with his wife Arza, sons Maurice, Michael and Nathan, and his inimitable sister Mala Tribich.
Our ultimate tribute to Sir Ben must be a renewed commitment to guaranteeing that the lessons of the Holocaust will never be forgotten."
Rest in Peace.