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Agi Keleti: The Jewish Olympian’s Story of Survival and Triumph-Exhibit and Speaker Michael Gyory

July 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This event will feature a presentation by HHREC Board Chairperson and GenerationsForward Speaker Michael Gyory on the oldest living Olympian and Holocaust survivor, Agi Keleti, his father’s cousin.

Agi Keleti: The Jewish Olympian’s Story of Survival and Triumph is a very special exhibition that offers compelling insight into the story of a young girl’s survival during the Holocaust and incredible drive to leave a legacy of courage, strength and will to win.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, on January 9, 1921, Keleti’s journey is a tale of accomplishments. Her athletic prowess led her to win five Olympic gold medals. She first captured gold in Helsinki in 1952 and followed that with an astounding four golds in Melbourne in 1956.

This exhibit of 6 individual panels chronicle her life story as she survived the Nazis and outlasted the Communists. Gyory will expand upon how Agi survived to become the greatest female Jewish Olympian of all time winning 10 metals in women’s gymnastics for her native Hungary. Today, she is the oldest living Olympic medalist.

About Michael Gyory

Michael Gyory is currently proud to be the Chairperson of the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center.

He is the son of Hungarian Holocaust survivors. During World War II, his parents, both teenagers, were sent to concentration camps and slave labor camps. After surviving the horrors and torture of the war, they returned to Budapest to find that they were all alone. They managed to fall in love, marry, emigrate to America and have three children. This exhibit of 6 individual panels tells much of the story of Agi Keleti, HHREC Board Chairperson and GenerationsForward Speaker Michael Gyory’s father’s cousin. The panels chronicle her life story as she survived the Nazis and outlasted the Communists to become the greatest female Jewish Olympian of all time and today, she is the oldest living Olympic medalist.

Gyory holds a Master’s degree in communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania. After a brief time in the corporate world, he became a real estate entrepreneur, building houses, renovating and developing self-storage facilities. He is a graduate of Safekeeping Stories and as a memoirist, has told of his family’s experiences in many schools and civic venues.

Michael is a member of GenerationsForward, a group of second and third generation individuals sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of White Plains, New York.

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Date:
July 18
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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