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Ibid. 15. Allen Guttmann, “Becoming American: Jewish Writers on the Sporting Life,” in Sports and the American Jew, ed. Steven A. Riess (Syracuse: 1998), 241–255. 16. Quoted by Walter L. Harrison, “Baseball and American Jews,” Journal of Popular Culture 15 (1981), 112. 17. Philip Roth, “My Baseball Years,” first published in New York Times (2 April 1973), 35; quoted by Eric Solomon, “Counter-Ethnicity and the Jewish-Black Baseball Novel: The Cases of Jerome Charyn and Jay Neugeboren,” Modern Fiction Studies 33 (1987), 51.

Yiddish cultural organizations placed an emphasis on the recruitment of young people. 67 In 1927, a Morgnshtern club was founded, offering sports activities and musical and theatrical performances. On the whole, ideological differences between the two Jewish sports clubs of Vilnius were less marked than in other parts of Poland. To be sure, in accordance with its stance regarding competitive sports, the Morgnshtern club did not feature Jews and Sports in Poland before the Second World War 25 soccer or boxing, yet Maccabi—the largest sports club in the city—had a similar “Yiddish” orientation and addressed itself mainly to Jewish working-class youth.

In addition, contacts between clubs—whether Jewish, Polish, or affiliated with other ethnic minorities—were the rule rather than the exception during the period under discussion. However, as there is virtually no documentation regarding such contacts, they will not be discussed here at length. 7 Organized Jewish Sports in Poland before and during the First World War The emergence of a Jewish sports movement in Europe generally, and in Poland in particular, can best be understood as part of a broader trend of sports organizations founded along national and ethnic lines in 19th-century Europe.

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