AIPS / TEL-AVIV: Israeli sports journalistic legend Noah Klieger has died at 92. Only a few days earlier he wrote what proved his last column for Yedioth Aharonoth.
Klieger was born in Strasbourg, and grew up in France, Luxembourg and Belgium.
As a teenager, he was separated from his family and sent to Auschwitz by the Nazis, where he survived against all odds after claiming he was a boxer (though he had no training in that sport), and participated in fights in the camp.
Remarkably, his close family survived as well. Subsequently he dedicated most of his life to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. He travelled to every corner of the world to tell his story, educating millions through his talks, articles and books.
He was also a pillar of Israel sport. Klieger was the chairman of Maccabi Tel Aviv for 18 years, later served as chairman of another basketball team, Maccabi Ramat Gan, and was the chairman of FIBA’s communications committee for more than 25 years.
He was the first Israeli to be inducted into FIBA’s basketball hall of fame in 2015, for his work as a journalist, and you know him as the head of basketball writers at AIPS.