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Excellent, thorough and engaging,
This review is from: Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe During the Second World War (Kindle Edition)
This is a most interesting book, covering football in Europe during WWII, with a primary focus on the Netherlands and Ajax. The author covers a range of fascinating topics, such as the perception of Ajax as 'the Jewish team', the fate of Jewish footballers, coaches and board members during the war, the cases of high profile footballers in occupied countries, and the continuation of football in Britain and Germany. The stories are told engagingly and reflect thorough research; Kuper has interviewed many people, some of whom talked freely about their experiences, others of whom revealed much about the topic through what they weren't prepared to say. The overall picture is, as one might expect, a complex one; both at Ajax, more widely in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, there were people associated with football who showed great courage and humanity, while there were those whose actions ranged from cowardly to barbaric. Kuper is keenly interested in his topic, but maintains objectivity and frequently takes a step back from the direct contact he has with survivors. Overall, a most engaging read.