Join us at the Sydney Jewish Museum for the launch of Michael Meyerson’s book, Tragedy & Triumph.
The claim that Jews are no good at sport is rebutted in this book, which describes the achievements of hundreds of Jewish Olympians from 1896 to the present day. The book details intriguing personal stories, snippets of history and the intertwining of bigotry and irony.
Five Jewish athletes survived incarceration by the Nazis and competed at the Olympics, one of them winning a gold medal while three of them setting world records. Ironically, the 1938 Nazi propaganda movie, Olympia, inadvertently showcases a Jewish Olympian as its hero.
Adam Kellerman will officially launch the book. He is a Paralympian and has limited movement in his right leg after undergoing 19 operations and 10 rounds of chemotherapy to treat Ewing’s sarcoma. Adam picked up a racquet for the first time in 2007 and within months made his international debut on the junior circuit and has gone on to great achievements.