Ralph Klein (basketball)
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Klein was born in Berlin during the time of the Weimar Republic, to an affluent Hungarian Jewish family that returned to Budapest before the outbreak of World War II. His father died in Auschwitz, but he and his family survived thanks to efforts by Raoul Wallenberg.
Basketball career; player and coach
After serving in the Israeli navy, he joined Maccabi Tel Aviv, with which he played more than 160 games up until 1964, scored 2,701 points and won eight state championships and six state cups. He was a member of the Israeli national team that took part in the 1952 men's basketball tournament, the 1954 World basketball championship and the 1953, 1959, 1961 and 1963 European championships. He played 68 games for the national team.
He began his coaching career in 1964. In 1969 he was appointed as head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, with which he won 14 championships and the European title in 1977. As coach of the Israeli national team, he won second place in the EuroBasket in 1979 and sixth place in 1981 and 1983. In 1983, he unexpectedly announced his appointment as the coach for the West German national team and for BSC Saturn Koln, a position he held until 1985.
Klein led the West German national team to an eighth-place finish in the 1984 Olympic basketball tournament in Los Angeles and a fifth place at the 1985 European championship held on West German home soil.
- In 2010 the filming of "Playoff" began, a movie based on Klein's life story, and directed by Israeli movie director, Eran Riklis.
- Israeli basketball team, Elitzur Elkana, whom Klein coached towards the end of his life, is named after the veteran Israeli coach (Elizur "Ralph Klein" Elkanah). The basketball team also wrote a Sefer Torah in the name and honor of Klein.
- The veteran group of Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team commemorates the achievements and memory of Ralph Klein, and since his death it is named "Maccabi Ralph Klein Tel Aviv".
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