Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe During the Second World War

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Orion, Jul 21, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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The Holocaust, Dutch football and World War II - from the bestselling author of the award-winning FOOTBALL AGAINST THE ENEMY.

In FOOTBALL AGAINST THE ENEMY Simon Kuper crossed the globe in search of the links between football, politics and culture. In AJAX, THE DUTCH, THE WAR he skilfully pieces together an alternative account of World War II. He looks at the lives of the footballers who played for the Dutch club, the officials and the ordinary fans during this tumultuous period and challenges the accepted notion of the War in occupied Europe. With almost 80 per cent of Amsterdam's Jewish Corner wiped out during the war, the long-held belief that, by and large, half the Dutch population had some kind of link to the Resistance has, of late, come into question.

Kuper explores this issue and looks deeper into the role of football across Europe in the years both preceding and following the War. The result is a compelling and controversial account of the War, seen through the lens of football.

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

In this “sort of alternative history of WWII” Simon Kuper tells how the Dutch, despite having “welcomed Jews across the centuries, never showing the slightest impulse to kill them,” didn’t stand up to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

Great, great book about three of my favorite subjects. Highly recommended to those interested in historical perspectives on European football, the Jewish history of the Netherlands, and history in general. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Simon Kuper's first book, FOOTBALL AGAINST THE ENEMY, won the WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR in 1994, and went on to become an international bestseller. Born in Uganda in 1969, he spent most of his childhood in Holland. He is a sports columnist for the FINANCIAL TIMES.

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