Swimming against anti-Semitism during Interwar era: Hedy and Fritzi

By Gherardo Bonini,(with special thanks to Mary Carr for the translation) The Viennese athletes Hedy Bienenfeld (1907-1976) and Fritzi Löwy (1910-1994) were the most important Austrian swimmers of the Interwar period. They were close friends and members of Hakoah (Strength), the great Jewish sports club founded in 1909. Both of them won their first national titles in 1925. Fritzi dominated freestyle races, from 100m to 500m until 1934, Hedy the breaststroke until 1933 but also sporadically won backstroke events. Both contributed to winning several Hakoah relays. At international level, they won in Bologna 1927, the only medals secured by...

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