Overview


Although the study of Jewish identity has generated a growing body of work, the topic of sport has received scant attention in Jewish historiography. Emancipation through Muscles redresses this balance by analyzing the pertinence of sports to such issues as race, ethnicity, and gender in Jewish history and by examining the role of modern sport within European Jewry.

The accomplishments of Jews in the intellectual arena and their notable presence among Nobel Prize recipients ...

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Emancipation through Muscles

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Overview


Although the study of Jewish identity has generated a growing body of work, the topic of sport has received scant attention in Jewish historiography. Emancipation through Muscles redresses this balance by analyzing the pertinence of sports to such issues as race, ethnicity, and gender in Jewish history and by examining the role of modern sport within European Jewry.

The accomplishments of Jews in the intellectual arena and their notable presence among Nobel Prize recipients have often overshadowed their achievements in sports. The pursuit of sports among Jews in Europe was never a marginal phenomenon, however. In the first third of the twentieth century numerous Jewish sport organizations were founded throughout Europe, and prowess in the realm called “muscle Jewry” by the Zionists was a symbol of widespread pride among European Jews. Some Jewish teams were remarkably successful: the legendary Austrian soccer champion Hakoah Vienna was arguably the most visible Jewish presence in interwar Vienna, and many readers will be surprised to learn that outstanding soccer teams such as Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur are still considered “Jewish teams.”

The contributors to this volume, an international group of scholars from a variety of fields, explore the diverse relationships between Jews and modern sports in Europe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803205420
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Michael Brenner is a professor in the Institute of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich. He is the author of Zionism: A Brief History and The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany . Gideon Reuveni is a research fellow at the Institute of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich. He is the author of Reading Germany: Literature and Consumer Culture in Germany before 1933 .
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Table of Contents

Introduction : why Jews and sports 1
1 Muscle Jews versus nervous Jews 13
2 Jewish gymnasts and their corporeal utopias in imperial Germany 27
3 Sports and the militarization of Jewish society 44
4 Strongman Siegmund Breitbart and interpretations of the Jewish body 62
5 Jews in German sports during the Weimar Republic 77
6 The politics of Jewish sports movements in interwar Poland 93
7 Hakoah Vienna : reflections on a legend 106
8 Antisemitism in Austrian sports between the war 119
9 Jews, antisemitism, and sports in Britain, 1900-1939 142
10 Nazi ideology and the end of central European soccer professionalism, 1938-1941 156
11 Soccer and survival among Jewish refugees in Shanghai 171
12 Sports in the DP camps, 1945-1948 187
13 Soccer and antisemitism in Hungary 213
14 When is a Yid not a Jew? : the strange case of supporter identity at Tottenham Hotspur 235
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