5th May 2020

Dr Guttmann at the 1953 Stoke Mandeville Games

Can you fit the jigsaw pieces together to reveal the photo of Dr Guttmann?

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE day we've created this puzzle, a photo of Dr Guttmann speaking at the 1953 Stoke Mandeville Games. In the 1940s, Dr Guttmann encouraged wounded veterans from World War II to play sport as an aid to rehabilitation from spinal injury. After the war, the sports evolved from small competitions to the Stoke Mandeville Games, the International Stoke Mandeville Games and ultimately the Paralympic Games.

Dr Guttmann's contribution as a refugee

Vicky Hope Walker, CEO of NPHT, talks about 'The Contribution of the Refugees' leaflet which recognised Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann's work at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, treating servicemen who had sustained spinal cord injuries in World War II. He was also refugee, a German Jew who arrived in the UK in 1939.