|Veteran Israeli basketball journalist Noah Klieger is now a Knight in the Legion of Honour of the French Republic |
A long-time member of the European basketball community, veteran Israeli journalist and Holocaust survivor Noah Klieger, has received an outstanding honorary award.
After being proposed by the French sports newspaper L'Equipe through a French Senator, he has now received the title of a Knight in the Legion of Honour, the highest honour granted by the French state.
Klieger, who is a sports and history journalist, was born in Strasbourg in 1926.
At the age of 15, he was a member of a resistance group in Belgium, before being arrested and deported to a Nazi concentration camp.
Klieger survived imprisonment and later took an active role in the foundation of the Israeli state in 1948.
He has been a journalist ever since, covering 28 of the 30 European Basketball Championships played since attending his first one, in 1951.
As a journalist, he worked primarily for leading Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot as well as for L'Equipe, publications he has been associated with for more than 50 years.
His love for basketball started in Belgium, where he began watching the then-outdoor domestic league during German occupation.
In 1951, Klieger was the first Israeli journalist covering an international tournament and the experience of the European Championship played in Paris left him a lasting impression.
Soon after, the journalist became an active member of FIBA and was soon nominated as the President of the FIBA media council.
Today, at the age of 85, he still acts as the chairman of the International Sports Writers Association, AIPS.
For his long-time services, Klieger was awarded with the FIBA Order Of Merit in 2010, honouring his unprecedented career in basketball.
Klieger, who has written a book on his struggle to survive the concentration camp (12 Rolls For Breakfast) is still fighting to increase awareness for the Holocaust by giving lectures in Germany, France and Israel.
The official awarding ceremony of the Legion of Honour will take place later in 2012.