Maccabiah III (1950): A Victory in Itself

Simon Spungin
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Swimming at the 3rd Maccabiah.Credit: Pierre Gildesgame Maccabi Sports Museum
Simon Spungin

Emerging from the shadow of the Holocaust, the third Maccabiah was also the first to be held in the newly independent State of Israel. Attendance was down – 800 participants, compared to close to 1,300 in the second Maccabiah in 1935. Given the events of the intervening 15 years, however, and the hardships facing a new country struggling to survive in a hostile environment, the fact that the Games were held at all was a victory in itself.