János Garay (fencer)

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Jànos Garay
Born February 23, 1889
Budapest, Hungary
Died March 5, 1945 (aged 56)
Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, Austria
Nationality Hungarian
The native form of this personal name is Garay János. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Olympic medal record
Men's Fencing
Representing  Hungary
Gold medal – first place Amsterdam 1928 Team sabre
Silver medal – second place Paris 1924 Team sabre
Bronze medal – third place 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,[1] and one of the best sabre fencers in the world in the 1920s.[2][3]

Fencing career[edit]

Hungarian Championship[edit]

Garay was the Hungarian national sabre champion in 1923.

European and World Championships[edit]

In 1925 and 1930, Garay captured the Individual European Sabre Championship gold medal. He won the team sabre gold medal at the 1930 European Championships.


He won silver medal for team saber at the 1924 Paris Olympics.[4]

He also won a gold medal in team saber at the 1928 Amsterdam Games.[4]

Concentration Camp and Death[edit]

He was one of 437,000 Jews deported from Hungary after Germany occupied the country in 1944.

Garay was killed shortly thereafter, in 1945, in the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, shortly before the end of World War II.[5]

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[edit]

Garay, who was Jewish, was inducted in 1990 into The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel.[6][7][8]

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