János Garay (fencer)
|Born||February 23, 1889
|Died||March 5, 1945 (aged 56)
Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, Austria
|Olympic medal record|
|Amsterdam 1928||Team sabre|
|Paris 1924||Team sabre|
|Paris 1924||Individual sabre|
János Garay (February 23, 1889, in Budapest, Hungary – March 5, 1945, in Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, Oberösterreich, Austria) was a Hungarian fencer, and one of the best sabre fencers in the world in the 1920s.
Garay was the Hungarian national sabre champion in 1923.
European and World Championships
Concentration Camp and Death
He was one of 437,000 Jews deported from Hungary after Germany occupied the country in 1944.
Janos Garay was not Jewish in religion. His parents were Jewish. He always felt very strongly Hungarian. He fought in World War I as a Captain and was highly decorated. He was part of the team who went to negotiate in England during the War before Hungary joined the Germans. He had a high position in the Office of Foreign Trade. He was on the Gestapo list and therefore immediately taken from his office, as soon the Germans occupied Budapest. He was killed not because of his race or religious beliefs but for his action. After the war he was declared as a political prisoner killed by the Germans.
Hall of Fame
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