By Ezra Mendelsohn
Quantity XXIII of the celebrated annual reviews in modern Jewry explores the position of activities in glossy Jewish historical past. The centrality of activities in sleek life--in well known or even in excessive tradition, in financial lifestyles, within the media, in foreign and nationwide politics, and in forging ethnic identities--can hardly ever be exaggerated, yet within the box of Jewish reports this topic has been a bit overlooked, not less than until eventually lately. scholars of yank Jewish background, for instance, frequently emphasize the function of activities within the Americanization of the immigrants, whereas scholars of Jewish nationalism pay nearer recognition to its allure for the regeneration of the Jewish kingdom, in addition to the construction of a brand new, fit, Jewish physique. The essays introduced jointly in Jews and the wearing existence extend the physique of information concerning the position activities occupied, and proceed to occupy, in Jewish existence. They study the relationship among activities and Jewish nationalism, fairly Zionism, and the way geared up Jewish activities were an agent of nation-building. they give thought to the position of Jews as proprietors of activities groups, as novice athletes, and as enthusiasts and bettors. different subject matters comprise activities and Jewish literature, and boxing as a recreation that enabled Jewish males to end up their masculinity in a global that frequently stereotyped them as susceptible and "feminine." This quantity concentrates on 20th century advancements in Israel, Europe, and the USA.
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54. Gechtman, “Socialist Mass Politics through Sport,” 331. 55. Jacobs, “Politics,” 97. Austrian and German worker athletes also tried—and failed—to establish non-competitive sports. On theories regarding the intrinsically competitive nature of sports, see Karl-Heinrich Bette, Systemtheorie und Sport (Frankfurt: 1999); and Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens: Vom Ursprung der Kultur im Spiel (Reinbek: 2001 [1st ed. 1938]), esp. 56–89. 56. Arbeter Sportler (5 March 1930), quoted in Gechtman, “Socialist Mass Politics through Sport,” 344.
39. Rokicki, “Sport,” 432. 40. Das Jüdische Sportbuch, 39. In the Maccabiah games held in 1932 in Palestine, the Polish contingent took ﬁrst place. On Polish Jewish athletes in the Maccabiah games, see Rokicki, “Sport,” 433–434 and 437–439. 32 Diethelm Blecking 41. Rosmarin was born in 1882 in Peratyn, in the region of Tarnopol. With the outbreak of the Second World War, he ﬂed via Romania to Palestine. There he served as the ofﬁcial Polish General Consul from 1940 to 1945. He died in Tel . Aviv in 1955.
Ofﬁcials of Jewish clubs were appointed to positions in the Polish table tennis association, and some of them even served on the executive committee. From 1930, Lodz was recognized as an independent district in the Polish Maccabi Association. Whereas a number of Jewish athletes from the area of Lodz trained in Polish clubs—the best-known example being the fencer Roman Kantor, who represented Poland at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin—there do not seem to be any reciprocal examples of Polish athletes working out in Jewish clubs (as was the case in Rzeszów).