Belhamel: The Story of Eddy Hamel

By Jim McGough

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Eddy Hamel was the greatest American soccer player you’ve never heard of. He was the first American to play in any major European league, and for a while, he was the most popular player at one of Europe’s biggest clubs, Ajax of Amsterdam.

He was also a Jew, at a time, and in a place, where his religion was effectively a death sentence. After two decades of brilliant football, first as star player and then as a highly successful coach, beloved by the Jews of Amsterdam, Eddy and his family were swept up in the Nazi’s ‘Final Solution.’ Hamel became one of very few Americans to be sent to Auschwitz.

Now, more than a century later, this is his story.

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Episode Date
Episode 9: The Recovered Legacy of Eddy Hamel
Apr 01, 2024
Episode 8: Auschwitz - Selection and Survival
Mar 25, 2024
Episode 7: Leon Greenman
Mar 18, 2024
Episode 6: Westerbork
Mar 11, 2024
Episode 5: Jews Out, Gentiles In
Mar 04, 2024
Episode 4: Eddy's First and Last Jewish Club
Feb 26, 2024
Episode 3: Amsterdam and Beverwijk
Feb 19, 2024
Episode 2: Player Becomes Coach
Feb 12, 2024
Episode 1: Belhamel, the Trickster
Feb 05, 2024
Introducing: Belhamel
Jan 27, 2024