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Loeffler believes her father’s vision has come to pass. And when she wanders the village, people recognize her, like Canadian athlete Jessica Vliegenthart, who saw Loeffler having her photograph taken in a smart navy jacket with its massive circular gold badge.

“Aren’t you the daughter of …” Vliegenthart asked, as two wheelchair basketball athletes drew their wheels in.

Loeffler nodded, her pride clear. Her father dreamed of an “Olympic Games for disabled men and women,” and now a whole new generation is learning about him.

“Who but he could have imagined that it would have happened,” she said. “I don’t think anybody else could.”

Britain embraced Guttmann, giving him a knighthood in 1966 and making him a fellow of the Royal Society — honors of which he was extremely proud. Though he died in 1980, he lived long enough to see the Paralympics grow. The first full scale games took place in Rome in 1960, and souvenirs from the 1964 Tokyo Paralympics are part of the collection on display at the Jewish Museum.

“I just couldn’t be more proud of him,” Loeffler said. “I just hope he’s up there watching it all.”