Anna Dresden-Polak

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Ans Polak
— Gymnast —
Turnerinnen der niederländischen Goldriege von 1928.jpg
1928 Summer Olympic gold medal gymnastic team. Ans Polak is second from the left.
Personal information
Country represented  Netherlands
Born (1906-11-24)24 November 1906
Died 23 July 1943(1943-07-23) (aged 36)
Sobibor extermination camp
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics

Anna "Ans" Dresden-Polak (née Anna Polak) (24 November 1906 – 23 July 1943) was a Jewish Dutch gymnast.[1][2][3]

She won the gold medal as member of the Dutch gymnastics team at the 1928 Summer Olympics, in her native Amsterdam.[4][5] She was one of five Jewish members of the team, which included Stella Blits-Agsteribbe (who was killed in Auschwitz), Lea Kloot-Nordheim (who was killed in Sobibor), and Judikje Themans-Simons (who was killed in Sobibor).[3][5] Their coach, Gerrit Kleerekoper, was killed in Sobibor as well.[5][6]

She was born in Amsterdam, and died in Sobibor extermination camp. From Westerbork concentration camp she was deported to Sobibór where she was murdered on 23 July 1943,[7] together with her six-year-old daughter Eva.[8][9] Her husband Barend Dresden was killed a few months later in 1944 in Auschwitz concentration camp.[9][10]

She was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paul Taylor (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics - With a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medalists. Sussex Academic Press. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Bob Wechsler (2008). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. KTAV Publishing House. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "." (PDF). Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Dresden-Polak, Anna". Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum. 24 November 1906. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Lipman, Steve. "Connecting the World to Jewish News, Culture, and Opinion". The Jewish Week. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "NETHERLANDS 1928 OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS". Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Schaffer, Kay; Smith, Sidonie (2000). The Olympics at the Millennium: Power, Politics, and the Games. Rutgers University Press. pp. 60–62. ISBN 978-0-8135-2820-5. 
  8. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games. Sussex Academic Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-903900-87-1. 
  9. ^ a b Yiddishe Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother. Andrews McMeel Publishing. 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Yogi Mayer, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games. Vallentine Mitchell. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-85303-451-3. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Brouwer, Erik (2010). "De Moord op een Gouden Turnploeg". In van Liempt, Ad; Luitzen, Jan. Sport in de Oorlog (in Dutch). L.J. Veen. pp. 29–58. ISBN 978-90-204-1936-8. 

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