A survivor of the massacre at the Munich Olympic Games, Dr. Shaul Ladany is Israel's?
A survivor of the massacre at the Munich Olympic Games, Dr. Shaul Ladany is Israel's leading walker. A year after eleven of his teammates were killed in the course of an Arab guerrilla attack, he is still training hard to represent his country in international competition.
Born in Yugoslavia 37 year ago, Shaul Ladany was deported as a small child by eh Nazi invaders to the infamous Bergen Belsen concentration camp. Surviving the ordeal, he was twelve when he came to Israel in 1948, the year the State was founded.
Today, Dr. Ladany (he had a Ph. D. in Business Administration) is a lecturer on Production Management and Operations Research at Tel Aviv University. He had been married for thirteen years to Shoshana, a biochemist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, and they have a two-years-old daughter, Danit. The family lives in Ramat Aphel, a well-to-do suburb of Tel Aviv. Later this year, they will be leaving for New York, where Dr. Ladany will spend h is Sabbatical at City University.
As an international walker, he had represented Israel countless times and his house is filled with athletics trophies. Since Munich, he had own the 1972 World Championship for the 100-kilometre (62 1/2 miles) walk at Lugano, Switzerland and, recently, came first in the 20-kilometre (12 1/2 miles) walk at the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv with a time of one hour 38.54 minutes. He has participated in the last two Olympic Games, finishing 19th in the 50-kilometre (31 1/2 miles) walk at Munich. Dr. Ladany escaped from the guerrilla attach by climbing through a window of the athletes' residence shortly after the gunmen entered.
As a long-distance walker he requires enormous reserves of stamina, which he builds up by regular training. He leaves his house every morning at 0600 to run several miles before going to work at the University. Though 37 years-old, he hopes to continue to compete internationally for many years to come.
SYNOPSIS: It is six a.m. in a fashionable Tel Aviv suburb, and Israel's leading long-distance walker is setting out on his regular morning training schedule. Dr. Shaul Ladany, a survivor of last year's Munch Olympics massacre, is continuing to compete.
He came nineteenth in the Olympic fifty-kilometre walk -- but that was before Arab guerrillas launched an attack which ended with eleven of his teammates dead. Dr. Ladany saved his own life by escaping through a window.
At thirty-seven years old, he has had a long athletics career and many trophies to show for it. He combines this pursuit with an academic vocation and a warm home life with his wife Shoshanna, who is a biochemist by profession, and their two-year-old daughter, Danit. Returning from training, Dr. Ladany eats a breakfast of fresh vegetables with his daughter and her nanny. Mrs. Ladany has left already to go to work at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
His study is filled with trophies from many athletics meetings. But the focal point among them is the commemorative medallion from Munich last year. At the time, after the shootout, all he could say was, "This is fete". His bookshelves are laden, mostly with professional works. But he had many volumes on the Nazi period, when as a child in Yugoslavia, he was deported to the Bergen-Beloen concentration camp.
He says he cannot forget the time he was taken to, what was called "a gas shower".
After the war, he came to Israel as a boy of twelve in the year the State was founded. Today, he is a lecturer in the Business Administration Faculty at Tel Aviv University, which he is about to leave for a year to spend a Sabbatical at New York City University.
He had represented Israel countless times -- twice at the Olympics -- and hopes to continue competing internationally for some years at distances varying from twenty to a hundred kilometres.