Alfred Nakache

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Alfred Nakache
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Alfred Nakache in 1938.
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing  France
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1938 London 4×200 m freestyle

Alfred Nakache (November 18, 1915 in Constantine, French Algeria – 1983) was a Jewish French swimmer and water polo player. A member of the French team for the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic Games, he also swam in the first post-war Summer Olympics in London in 1948. He is one of two Jewish athletes, as far as is known, to have competed in the Olympics after surviving the Holocaust.[1]

Nakache was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He was the subject of a French documentary in 2001, entitled Alfred Nakache, the Swimmer of Auschwitz.

Records & championships[edit]

  • World—200 m butterfly—1941
  • World—relay 3 X 100 m3 strokes—1946
  • Europe—100 m butterfly—1941
  • France—400 m butterfly—1943
  • France—relay 4 X 200 m freestyle—1946
  • Champion of France—100 m freestyle in 1935-38, and 1941–42
  • Champion of France—200 m freestyle in 1937-38, and 1941–42
  • Champion of France—200 m butterfly in 1938, 1941–42, and 1946
  • Champion of France—400 m freestyle in 1942
  • Champion of France—relay 4 X 200 m freestyle in 1937-39, 1942, 1944-52 (13 titles, including 9 consecutive)
  • University champion—100 m freestyle in 1936
  • Champion of North Africa—100 m freestyle in 1931

Maccabiah Games silver medal in 1935–100 m freestyle

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Steve Lipman (August 13, 2004). "The Olympics and The Holocaust". Jewish Federations of North America. Archived from the original on April 16, 2013. 

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