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1928 Dutch Olympic Gold-Medal Gymnastics Team

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  • Gerrit Kleerekoper (1897 - 1943)
    From Wikipedia Gerrit Kleerekoper (February 15, 1897 - July 2, 1943) was a Jewish - Dutch gymnastics coach. He was married with two children and worked as a diamond cutter. He led the Dutch women g...
  • Estella "Stella" Agsteribbe (1909 - 1943)
    Wikipedia Estella "Stella" Agsteribbe (April 6, 1909 – September 17, 1943) was a Dutch gymnast. She won the gold medal as member of the Dutch gymnastics team at the 1928 Summer Olympics in h...
  • Elka de Levie (1905 - 1979)
    Wikipedia Elka de Levie (November 21, 1905 – 12 December 1979) was a Dutch gymnast. She won the gold medal as member of the Dutch gymnastics team at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. ...
  • Helena "Lea" Kloot-Nordheim (1903 - 1943)
    From Wikipedia Helena "Lea" Nordheim (August 1, 1903 – July 2, 1943) was a Jewish Dutch gymnast. She won the gold medal as a member of the Dutch gymnastics team at the 1928 Summer Olympics in ...
  • Anna "Ans" Dresden-Polak (1906 - 1943)
    Wikipedia Yad Vashem Testimonial Anna "Ans" Dresden-Polak (née Anna Polak) (24 November 1906 – 23 July 1943) was a Jewish Dutch gymnast. She won the gold medal as member of the Dutc...

Women’s gymnastics made its debut in the 1928 Olympic Summer Games held in Amsterdam, and Netherlands’ female gymnasts won the gold medal. The members of the 1928 Olympic gold winning Dutch team were:

Five members of the gold winning team, highlighted in blue above, were Jewish. In 1943, these gold medalists and their coach were not immune to the horrors of the Nazi Regime. Like many of their fellow Dutch citizens, they were murdered at Sobibor and Auschwitz by the Nazis during Operation Reinhard.

On July 2, 1943, their Jewish coach Gerrit Kleerekoper along with his wife Kaatje and his fourteen-year-old daughter Elisabeth were murdered by the Nazis at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland. Twenty nine days later, his 18 year old son Leendert was murdered at Auschwitz.

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