Helena Nordheim

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Helena Nordheim
Turnerinnen der niederländischen Goldriege von 1928.jpg
The Dutch athletics team of the 1928 Summer Olympics. Helena Nordheim is the 4th person from the left.
Personal information
Country represented Netherlands
Born(1903-08-01)1 August 1903
Died2 July 1943(1943-07-02) (aged 39)
Sobibor extermination camp
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics

Helena "Lea" Nordheim (1 August 1903 – 2 July 1943) was a Jewish-Dutch gymnast.[1] She won the gold medal as a member of the Dutch gymnastics team at the 1928 Summer Olympics in her native Amsterdam.[2]

Nordheim was born in Amsterdam and died in the Sobibor extermination camp.[3] She was sent to Westerbork concentration camp in June 1943. Shortly after, Nordheim was deported to Sobibór where she was murdered, together with her husband Abraham and their ten-year-old daughter Rebbecca.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics : with a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medallists. Sussex Academic Press. ISBN 9781903900871.
  2. ^ "Helena Nordheim Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games. Sussex Academic Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-903900-87-1.
  5. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 July 2018.

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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