Abraham Kurland

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Abraham Kurland
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Born (1912-06-10)June 10, 1912
Odense, Syddanmark, Denmark
Died March 14, 1999(1999-03-14) (aged 86)

Abraham Kurland (June 10, 1912 – March 14, 1999) was a Danish wrestler.[1]

Kurland was Jewish, and was born in Odense, Syddanmark, Denmark.[1][2] He was affiliated with the Hakoah Jewish Sports club, København/Bagsværd, København.[2][3]

He won a silver medal in lightweight Greco Roman wrestling at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, after being narrowly defeated for the gold medal.[1][4]

He was the favorite to win a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics, but declined to participate because it was taking place in Nazi Germany.[3][4] In the 1948 games Kurland participated in the 1948 Summer Olympics, at the age of 45.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics – With a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medalists. Sussex Academic Press. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Abraham Kurland Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Norman Berdichevsky. "The Golden Calf Idols of the World Cup, The Olympics, and What Happened in Berlin, 1936". Newenglishreview.org. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Sidonie Smith (2000). The Olympics at the millennium: power, politics, and the games. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 

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