Hirsch was the first Jew to ever play for the German National team, and was a member of Germany's 1912 Olympic squad. In 1943, he was deported to Auschwitz and was murdered in the concentration camp.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. April 7, 1892 - d. May 8, 1945
Between 1911-1913, Hirsch appeared in seven international matches for the German National team alongside club teammate Gottfried Fuchs (both played for Karlsruher FV). A member of the 1912 Olympic team, Hirsch was an outstanding winger with an attacking style.
After retiring as a player in 1925, Hirsch turned to coaching, but was expelled from the Karlsruher club in 1933 after the Nazis rose to power. He left the country for France, coaching in Alsace in 1937 and 1938 while also working as an accountant. Returning to Germany soon after, Hirsch was sent to Auschwitz in March of 1943. In 1950, a district court in Karlsruher proclaimed his date of death as May 8, 1945.
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