The Best of Men

The Best of Men

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

The true story of Dr. Ludwig Guttmann, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who founded the Paralympic Games.

The Best of Men is the gripping story of Dr. Ludwig Guttman's transformative care of paraplegics. Toward the end of the World War II, Guttmann, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, arrived at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England and changed the lives of his paralyzed soldiers and skeptical staff using wheel-chair based sports. Through sports the soldiers who were suffering from institutionalized neglect, learned to live more fulfilling lives, build physical strength, and gain self-respect. Dr. Guttmann, an unsung hero, helped start the Paralympic Games. In 1966, the long-time British citizen was deservedly knighted for his part in bringing hope to the hopeless. The Best of Men airs Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

This is a MOVE TO INCLUDE program, a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Special programming includes prime-time specials, children’s programs, and news stories. Watch the movie and then share your thoughts with us by taking our survey at