Olympic gold could not save them from the gas chambers
The success of the Dutch-Jewish women's gymnastics team challenged Nazi eugenics. The athletes, along with their Jewish coach, were the first in Amsterdam to be deported.
In the chronicles of the Olympic Games, 1928 was an historic year since for the first time women were allowed to compete in athletics and gymnastics, though with various restrictions. In gymnastics, for example, men competed in seven categories while women participated in only the team competitions. Holland, the host country, did not garner much success relative to the size of its large delegation and given its...
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