Ajax, the Dutch, the war : the strange tale of soccer during Europe's darkest hour / Simon Kuper
- Kuper, Simon
- New York : Nation Books, 
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- Physical Description:
- xii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Orange Soldiers -- 2.A Sunday Before the War -- 3.A Friendly Salute: International Soccer in the 1930s -- 4.The Warm Back of Eddy Hamel: An American in Amsterdam and Birkenau -- 5.The Lost Memories of Meijer Stad -- 6.Sparta: A Soccer Club in Wartime -- 7.Boom: The Rise of Soccer in the Occupied Netherlands -- 8.Strange Lies: Ajax, World War II, and P. G. Wodehouse -- 9.Captain of France, Collaborator in Gorcum: Soccer and the Annals of Resistance -- 10.The Netherlands Was Better Than the Rest -- 11.Soldier Heroes: British and German Soccer in the War (and Long After) -- 12.Of Bunkers and Cigars: The Holocaust and the Making of the Great Ajax -- 13.The Most Popular Team in Israel -- 14.Soccer Songs of the Netherlands -- 15.Disneytown and the Secret Monuments.
- The Holocaust, the Second World War, the Jewish community of Amsterdam, all seen through the filter of football. The Dutch club Ajax is the vehicle through which Simon Kuper recounts the stories of both survival and persecution of members of Amsterdam's Jewish population, almost 80 per cent of Amsterdam's Jewish Corner was wiped out in the War, and the long-held notion that, by and large, half the Dutch population had some kind of link to the Resistance has, of late, come into question. Simon Kuper explores this issue and looks deeper into the role of football across Europe in the years both preceding and following World War 2.
- 9781568587233 (pbk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-264) and index.
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