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London attractions: Learn about the Father of the Paralympics at the Jewish Museum

Published: Wednesday 19th of September 2012

People who were inspired by the Paralympic Games and want to learn more about its origins will enjoy the Ludwig Guttmann: Father of the Paralympic Games exhibition at the Jewish Museum for things to do in London.

Running until September 30th 2012, the exhibition invites visitors to learn the fascinating story of Guttmann - a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, who had saved more than 60 people during the pogrom of Kristallnacht in November 1938.

In March 1939, Ludwig and his family arrived in Oxford, and after a few years hard work, he became the founder and head of a new Spinal Injuries Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, where he treated disabled World War II servicemen.

He implemented a revolutionary rehabilitation and treatment programme, which included individual and team sports - including events held at the same time as the London Olympics in 1948, which was the precursor to the Paralympic Games.

For this, he received widespread honours, being knighted in 1966 by Queen Elizabeth II. His legacy is celebrated in this exhibition.

Discover more for less with a London sightseeing pass.

Posted by Samantha Reed

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