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Ajax, the Dutch, the war : the strange tale of soccer during Europe's darkest hour

Author: Simon Kuper
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" ... explores the myths of Holland's "Good War"--The brave nation that hid Anne Frank from the Nazis -- by using the story of soccer in Holland and the Amsterdam club Ajax to puncture the tales that post-war Holland lives by. Through interviews with Resistance fighters, survivors, wartime soccer players and more, Kuper uncovers a history that has been largely ignored. Ranging far beyond the Netherlands and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Kuper
ISBN: 9781568587233 1568587236
OCLC Number: 778420379
Description: xii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: L. Orange Soldiers --
2. A Sunday Before the War --
3. A Friendly Salute: International Football in the 1930s --
4. The Warm Back of Eddy Hamel: an American in Amsterdam and Birkenau --
5. The Lost Memories of Meijer Stad --
6. Sparta: A Football Club in Wartime --
7. Boom: The Rise of Football in the Occupied Netherlands --
8. Strange Lies: Ajax, World War II and P.G. Wodehouse --
9. Captain of France, Collaborator in Gorcum: Soccer and the Annals of Resistance --
10. The Netherlands Was Better Than the Rest --
11. Soldier Heroes: British and German Soccer in the War (and Long After) --
12. Of Bunkers and Cigars: The Holocaust and the Making of the Great Ajax --
13. The Most Popular Team in Israel --
14. Football Songs of the Netherlands --
Disneytown and the Secret Monuments.
Responsibility: Simon Kuper.

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" ... explores the myths of Holland's "Good War"--The brave nation that hid Anne Frank from the Nazis -- by using the story of soccer in Holland and the Amsterdam club Ajax to puncture the tales that post-war Holland lives by. Through interviews with Resistance fighters, survivors, wartime soccer players and more, Kuper uncovers a history that has been largely ignored. Ranging far beyond the Netherlands and examining the stories of soccer and war in England, German and France, Kuper writes an alternative history of Europe at its darkest hour. He helps change the way we understand ordinary people's experience of the war in Europe." -- Back cover.

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