sport (november 23, 2006)
From Nazi camp to weightlifting champ

Ben Helfgott in Melbourne this week.

Jason Frenkel

MEET Ben Helfgott, the only known concentration camp survivor to ever compete in an Olympics Games.

The English weightlifter made a special visit to Australia this week for a commemorative dinner at the MCG to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Olympic Games – an event which also coincided with his 77th birthday.

It was an emotional return to Melbourne for Helfgott, an MBE who has devoted much of his life to Holocaust education, restitution and compensation.