From Genocide to Football Glory

From Genocide to Football Glory

This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 16th Nov 2017

Béla Guttmann was the first superstar football coach, achieving great success in Europe and South America before Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho were even born. He was also a Holocaust survivor. In 1944, he hid in an attic near Budapest as thousands of fellow Jews in the vicinity were being deported to Auschwitz. He then escaped from a brutal slave labour camp. His father, sister and wider family perished at the hands of the Nazis. But by the early 1960s, Guttmann had completed the most remarkable turnaround, winning the European Cup twice as coach of Benfica of Lisbon.

In this presentation, David Bolchover will trace Guttmann’s background and extraordinary career, and investigate some broader themes thrown up by his recent book The Greatest Comeback: From Genocide to Football Glory. For example, why was so little known until now about the Holocaust experiences of one of football’s most celebrated figures? How does the Guttmann story contradict commonly held myths about the Holocaust? Why is there so little recognition of the massive contribution of European Jews to football before the Holocaust?

Cost: Free of Charge


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2017-11-16 2017-11-16 Europe/London From Genocide to Football Glory Talk by author and Guardian contributor David Bolchover on Holocaust survivor and Benfica coach Bela Guttmann. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2017/11/16/from-genocide-to-football-glory-158262 Wiener Library,29 Russell Square, London, London,

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