MATERIAL: Enameled
DIMENSIONS: Measures approx. 1 in. across
COMPONENTS: Concave badge displays a white Star of David on a light blue circular field with the name of the club appearing in gold letters upon the white rim.
CONDITION: Fine condition.
NOTES: Very rare.
ITEM ID: 5008

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“Sport Klub Hakoah” Badge

Decade: 1930s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: Early 1930s

Very rare enameled brass badge issued by the “Sport Klub Hakoah” in Vienna, Austria.

The club was founded in 1909, inspired by Max Nordau’s doctrine of “Muscular Judaism”. In its first year, the club’s athletes competed in fencing, football, field hockey, track & field, wrestling and swimming.

In 1926, the club’s soccer team conducted a highly successful tour of the United States. Their game at New York City’s Polo Grounds attracted 46,000 spectators, a record at the time.

By the 1930s Hakoah Vienna was on the receiving end of hatred stirred up by Hitler, and had to travel to matches with their wrestlers as bodyguards. Three days after the Anschluss, the club was closed and its assets seized.