04.05.2011 30.Nisan, 5771 Rosch Hodesch 1; Tag 15 des Omer
Five of the gymnasts, as well as their coach Gerrit Kleerekoper, were Jewish. Only one of those six survived the Holocaust.
For over 50 years, the fate of almost half of the Dutch ladies’ gymnastics team, which won the Olympic title in Amsterdam in 1928, was unknown.
The 1928 Games were the first in which women participated in gymnastics events, and the all-around competition was dominated by the hosts.
The 12-woman Dutch team became local heroes after recording a score of 316.75 points to beat out Italy and Great Britain for first place, one of just six golds won at the Games by the Netherlands….