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August 9, 2016 2:23 pm

Grandson of Holocaust Survivor Wins Silver Medal for France at Rio Olympics

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French swimmer Fabien Gilot won the Silver medal in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay. Photo: The Israel Project.

French swimmer Fabien Gilot won the Silver medal in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Photo: The Israel Project.

A French Olympian who is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor won a silver medal with his team on Monday in the men’s freestyle relay finals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The swimmer, Fabien Gilot, — who, as Tablet reported, sports a Hebrew tattoo that says, “Without them, I am nothing” — explained that the phrase is a tribute to his Jewish grandfather, the late Max Goldschmidt, an Auschwitz survivor who greatly influenced his life.

Goldschmidt grew up in Berlin and after World War II moved to France, where he met his wife and raised a family, according to Tablet. Gilot’s father, Michel, said Goldschmidt, who died in 2012, was an inspiration to the athlete and witnessed many of his achievements.

The French team’s second place score was beaten only by Team USA, powered by Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian.

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  • Jani

    Mazel Tov on your Olympics metal. Wearing the remembrance on your arm is a testament of your love for your grandfather and our Jewish heritage.

  • Thank you Fabien Gilot for the phrase “Without them, I am nothing” because, lest we forget, “Without them, we would all be nothing”. You are not only an Olympian winner but a winner for all survivors. Mazal Tov and Todah Rabah.

  • Mazol tov Fabian. Your Grandfather Max is kvelling. What you did in his honor keeps them all alive.

  • Esther Benjamin

    How proud I feel that one of ours won the Silver! God Bless all his endeavors.

  • Sheila greenspan

    From strength and goodness comes strength and goodness.
    Mazes Tobi.

  • melvina lay

    HEY…score if BIG mazol tov for the children of the light!!!

  • Wonderful news! I don’t think a Jew should have a tattoo as it is against the Jewish religion. I am sure the Lord will forgive him due to the circumstances surrounding the Jewish people.

  • im second generation holocaust survivor…i stand with you and mazel tov.

  • Robin Ben Zvi

    Bravo youngman!! What a beautiful thing to do for your grandfather and all of the Jewish people. May g-d bless you you have a beautiful soul !!

  • Darth Vader

    Very inspirational. Congrats. Second place versus Michael Phelps is a great achievement for a proud Jew in a sort of hostile France of today. Well done.

  • Fabien Gilot! Thank You For You and Max Goldschmidt your Beloved Grandfather!

  • Moshe

    Kol hakavod yong man I’m proud of you , amen !!!!

  • Rachel

    Strong & Courageous!!

  • Za Za Leah

    I like that it is in Hebrew . Good work young man, thanks for inspiring us.

  • Linda

    Happy and proud of you!

  • as a holocaust survival proud of this young men
    mazal tov

  • as holocaust survival proud of you y0unge man

  • Lia

    Well done, young man!

  • JarredS

    Inspirational…..Very uplifting to see someone who is proud of his ancestry,and tattoos it on him arm…To be a proud Jew in the France of today is no mean feat….Cheers….Kol HaKavod…..

    • tom

      as the child of survivors, i feel that a tattoo is the least appropriate way to express this particular idea. tattoos have bad associations.

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