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Articles > Jewish Sports Club, HaKo’akh, Reopens in Vienna

On March 11, 2008, the Associated Press reported that the Jewish sports club, HaKo’akh of Vienna, was being re-dedicated in its new home in the city’s Prater Park. Almost 70 years to the day, on March 12, 1938, one million Austrians had gathered in Heroes’ Square to cheer on the arrival of the Nazis.

The club, founded in 1909 had produced numerous Olympic athletes in the 1920s and 1930s, but was seized by the Nazis and shut down.

For a moving account of the highly successful HaKo’akh girls swim team, as they were in the 1930s and as survivors today, view the documentary film Watermarks .

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