ELECTED MEMBERS
   
Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted
NETHERLANDS 1928 OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS

Sport: Gymnastics
Inducted: 1997
Country: Holland

STELLA BLITS-AGSTERIBBE
Born: 1910
Died: September 17, 1943,
in Auschwitz concentration camp

ANNA DRESDEN-POLAK
Born: 1908
Died: July 23, 1943, in Sobibor concentration camp

LEA KLOOT-NORDHEIM
Born: 1904
Died: July 2, 1943, in Sobibor concentration camp

ELKA DE LEVIE

Born: 1905
Died: 1979

JUDIKJE THEMANS-SIMONS
Born: 1905
Died: March 20, 1943, in Sobibor concentration camp

COACH GERRIT KLEEREKOPER
Born: 1897
Died July 2, 1943, in Sobibor concentration camp

Women’s gymnastics made its debut at the 1928 Olympic Games held in Amsterdam, and Netherlands’ lady gymnasts won the gold medal. Five members of the 1928 Dutch team were Jewish. Coach Gerrit Kleerekoper was also Jewish.

Although the 1928 women gymnasts competed in various events—Drill, Apparatus, and Jumps—gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded only for all-around Team performance.

Of the Netherlands’ champion Jewish Olympic gymnasts, only Elka
de Levie did not perish in the Holocaust. She died in Amsterdam at the age of 74.

 

 
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