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British-Israeli man, 97, recognised as oldest living journalist

Germany-born Walter Bingham was acknowledged as holding the title by Guinness World Records last week

Walter Bingham prepares to skydive over northern Israel!
Walter Bingham prepares to skydive over northern Israel!

A British-Israeli 97-year-old has been recognised as the oldest living journalist.

Walter Bingham, 97, was acknowledged as holding the title by Guinness World Records last week.

He fled to Britain from Germany after Kristallnacht in 1939, and took part in the D-Day landings at Normandy in 1944, landing on the beaches as an ambulance driver.

Bingham, who was born on 5 January 1924, has worked as a journalist and actor, and also broke a Guinness world record by becoming the oldest radio talk show host – which he still holds.

He made aliyah in 2004, and upon turning 95, Bingham skydived over northern Israel. He said “god willing, for my 100th birthday” he’d do it again.  He also received France’s highest honour, the Legion of Honour, in 2018.

Walter Bingham with his Legion of Honor award on his lapel, on board the ship in Haifa harbour
Photo credit: Embassy of France to Israel / Elodie Sauvage

 

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