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Anna Dresden Polak

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Name  Anna Dresden-Polak
Role  Olympic athlete
Country represented  Netherlands

Anna Dresden-Polak
Born  24 November 1906 Amsterdam (1906-11-24)
Discipline  Women's artistic gymnastics
Died  July 23, 1943, Sobibor extermination camp
Olympic medals  Gymnastics at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Women's team
Similar People  Helena Nordheim, Estella Agsteribbe, Elka de Levie

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

She won the gold medal as member of the Dutch gymnastics team at the 1928 Summer Olympics, in her native Amsterdam. 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). Their coach, Gerrit Kleerekoper, was killed in Sobibor as well.

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

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


Anna Dresden-Polak Wikipedia