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Jews and the Olympic Games : the clash between sport and politics : with a complete review of Jewish Olympic medallists

Author: Paul Taylor
Publisher: Brighton [England] ; Portland, Or. : Sussex Academic Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"There is a collection of stories making up the history of the Jews at the Olympic Games. This is partly due to the prodigious - and widely underestimated - success of Jewish athletes at the Games, but also owing to the special history of the Jewish people in the twentieth century - first, as victims of racism in Europe and then, following the establishment of modern Israel in 1948, in the ongoing struggle for peace
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Taylor, Paul, 1949 August 13-
Jews and the Olympic Games.
Brighton [England] ; Portland, Or. : Sussex Academic Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)645383069
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Taylor
ISBN: 1903900875 9781903900871 1903900883 9781903900888
OCLC Number: 54046723
Description: xi, 268 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: The great Jewish-Hungarian fencers : the battle for Olympic gold --
The road to Hitler's games --
The races in Berlin --
Warriors in the water : Jewish Olympian swimmers --
Munich 1972 : the tragedy and its aftermath --
After the Holocaust : from post-war Eastern Europe to present-day America.
Responsibility: Paul Taylor.
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"There is a collection of stories making up the history of the Jews at the Olympic Games. This is partly due to the prodigious - and widely underestimated - success of Jewish athletes at the Games, but also owing to the special history of the Jewish people in the twentieth century - first, as victims of racism in Europe and then, following the establishment of modern Israel in 1948, in the ongoing struggle for peace in the Middle East. Many of the athletes depicted here fought battles both on and off the running track. The personal drama and enduring humanity of their stories goes beyond sport and embraces politics, heroism and resilience. The Olympic Games served to combat persecution: in sport, the best competitor always wins.

On these equal terms, such political and racial interference is rendered impotent. No story so illustrates the interaction between sport and politics as the story of Jewish athletes and the Games." "Each major event at the Games related to the Jews is covered in depth. From the first Olympics in Athens in 1896, through to the disasters and triumphs of Munich 1972 and beyond, Jews and the Olympic Games - which features a list of the more than 250 Jewish medallists at the Games and sixteen pages of pictures of Jewish athletes - is an account of the conflict between sport and politics."--Jacket.

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