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For the feminist, see Anna Sophia Polak
Ans Polak
1928 Summer Olympic gold medal gymnastic team. Ans Polak is second from the left.
Born (1906-11-24)24 November 1906
Amsterdam
Died 23 July 1943(1943-07-23) (aged 36)
Sobibor extermination camp

Anna "Ans" Dresden-Polak (née Anna Polak) (24 November 1906 – 23 July 1943) was a Jewish Dutch gymnast.[1][2][3] She won the gold medal as member of the Dutch gymnastics team at the 1928 Summer Olympics, in her native Amsterdam.[4][5] She was one of five Jewish members of the team, which included Stella Blits-Agsteribbe (who was killed in Auschwitz), Lea Kloot-Nordheim (who was killed in Sobibor), and Judikje Themans-Simons (who was killed in Sobibor).[3][5] Their coach, Gerrit Kleerekoper, was killed in Sobibor as well.[5][6]

She was born in Amsterdam, and died in Sobibor extermination camp. From Westerbork concentration camp she was deported to Sobibór where she was murdered on 23 July 1943,[7] together with her six-year-old daughter Eva.[8][9] Her husband Barend Dresden was killed a few months later in 1944 in Auschwitz concentration camp.[9][10]

She was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[4]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Paul Taylor (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics - With a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medalists. Sussex Academic Press. http://books.google.com/books?id=t0KzECrIQDQC&pg=PA107&dq=%22Jews+and+the+Olympic+Games%22+polak&hl=en&ei=TDWgTqOdM8f30gHY0fmxBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  2. Bob Wechsler (2008). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. KTAV Publishing House. http://books.google.com/books?id=aOTWUl-9LQoC&pg=PA329&dq=Anna+Dresden-Polak&hl=en&sa=X&ei=T-MEUam_EIy08ASOwoCwBQ&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=Anna%20Dresden-Polak&f=false. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 ".". http://www.aafla.org/SportsLibrary/JOH/JOHv2n1/JOHv2n1l.pdf. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Dresden-Polak, Anna". Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum. 24 November 1906. http://www.jewsinsports.org/olympics.asp?ID=14. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Lipman, Steve. "Connecting the World to Jewish News, Culture, and Opinion". The Jewish Week. http://www.thejewishweek.com/features/olympics_and_holocaust. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. "NETHERLANDS 1928 OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS". Jewishsports.net. http://www.jewishsports.net/BioPages/Netherlands1928OlympicChampions.htm. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  7. Schaffer, Kay; Smith, Sidonie (2000). The Olympics at the Millennium: Power, Politics, and the Games. Rutgers University Press. pp. 60–62. ISBN 978-0-8135-2820-5. http://books.google.com/books?id=nMzYdZpk8qMC&pg=PA61&dq=holocaust+%22After+the+games%22&hl=en&ei=N7I_TbCOBYT68AaBu7WjBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=holocaust%20%22After%20the%20games%22&f=false. 
  8. Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games. Sussex Academic Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-903900-87-1. http://books.google.com/books?id=tGcPDXOjxMoC&pg=PA107&dq=%22anna+polak%22+daughter&hl=en&ei=1OlATYOEJcK88ga-uq2xBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22anna%20polak%22%20daughter&f=false. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Yiddishe Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother. Andrews McMeel Publishing. 2009. http://books.google.com/books?id=NyIun0ka0yYC&pg=PA331&dq=Anna+Dresden-Polak&hl=en&sa=X&ei=T-MEUam_EIy08ASOwoCwBQ&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Anna%20Dresden-Polak&f=false. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  10. Yogi Mayer, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games. Vallentine Mitchell. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-85303-451-3. http://books.google.com/books?id=rFo7AQAAIAAJ&q=%22anna+dresden-+polak%22&dq=%22anna+dresden-+polak%22&hl=en&ei=q_pBTdW0IIP88Abs6Z34AQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAw. 

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Brouwer, Erik (2010). "De Moord op een Gouden Turnploeg". In van Liempt, Ad; Luitzen, Jan (in Dutch). Sport in de Oorlog. L.J. Veen. pp. 29–58. ISBN 978-90-204-1936-8. 

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