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Bruce Drake
 

Sports had its place among the many aspects of life in the Jewish communities of eastern Europe. “Youth and Their Activities in Yurburg” from the Yizkor book of Jurbarkas in Lithuania tells the story of “The ‘Maccabi’ Federation in Yurburg,” as Jurbarkas was also known. Sports can be a refuge from all the rigors that life presents, and in Jurbarkas, “all those who loved sports found a home in the Maccabi club, without any connection to their personal outlook on life.” The club had a special section for soccer. The chapter has accounts of matches against German and Lithuanian teams which did not turn out well, the former because of defeat and the latter because of the brutality of the Lithuanian youths.
The games continued through most of the thirties even as the situation of the Jews in Yurburg and in all of Lithuania worsened. But as with so many things Jewish, they were gone by the time destruction of Jurbarkas occurred in the summer of 1941.



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Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel