Wolff, Albert : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Wolff, Albert


Country Represented:
United States

Years Competed:
1948, 1952

Olympic Info:
An epee fencer, Wolff was a two-time Olympian as a member of the United States fencing team. He first competed at the 1948 London Games, and was eliminated in the first round in both the individual and team competition. Wolff returned to the Games four years later at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and competed exculsively in the team event. After defeating the Soviet Union in the first round, the American team was eliminated after losing to Denmark in the second round. Two of Wolff's teammates on the U.S. epee team were Paul Makler and James Stauch.

Career Highlights:
Wolff was born in France, but emigrated to the United States after refusing to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He became the American epee champion in 1946 and was instrumental in developing the sport of fencing in the United States, helping to found the Louisville Fencing Club in 1948. At the 1951 Pan American Games, Albert won a gold medal in the team epee and finished fifth in the individual epee.

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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, July 21-August 2, 1952