Bratislava Before the Holocaust
Culture and Politics
Bratislava was home to a number of different Jewish athletic clubs. In 1912 Samuel Bettelheim founded Maccabi; the group’s soccer club, Maccabia, competed successfully in the national games and also against non-Jewish groups. Maccabi purchased land on the other side of the Danube, where it erected a sports club, playing fields and facilities for the nine different categories of sport practiced. The association had several hundred members from all the levels of Jewish society. Several of the members excelled in their fields and won a place on the Slovakian national team.
For several years in a row, the Bar Kochba swimming team won the national competition in water polo. Members of the team held a number of Czechoslovakian swimming records, and some of them represented the state in international competitions and competed in the Maccabiah games held in Eretz Israel.
Members of Maccabi Bratislava took part in a variety of social and cultural activities which included both Jewish and non-Jewish residents of the city.
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