Flatow, Gustav Felix
Flatow, a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, competed at the first two modern Olympiads as a member of the German gymnastics team. At the 1896 Athens Games, he won gold medals in the team horizontal bar and team parallel bars. Flatow then returned to the Olympics in 1900 at the Paris Games, but did not win any medals.
At the beginning of World War II, Flatow fled from Germany to Holland, but was later caught. He was sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp and died there just months before the end of the war. Posthumous honors for Gustav and his cousin Alfred Flatow, included the naming of a street in Berlin and a commemorative stamp.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Jan. 7, 1875 - d. Jan. 29, 1945
Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Siegman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
The Olympic Games: Athens 1896-Sydney 2000, (New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1999)