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Jewish Book Week – Feb 2020

February 2020

As part of Jewish Book Week this year, we were been able to secure a visit from David Bolschover.

David Bolchover is a writer about management and the workplace. However his most recent book is “The Greatest Comeback: from Genocide to Football Glory.”

The subject of his book, Bélla Guttman, survived the mass expulsion and subsequent murder of Hungarian Jewry. The apex of his career as the predecessor of football coaches such as Mourinho, Pocchettino, Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, was to take his team, Benfica, to victory in the European Cup twice in the early 1960s.

The following extract from The Times’s review conveys the nature of the book,

“Moving, original, full of insight, this is a gripping tale told by a skilled storyteller. You don’t need to be interested in the Holocaust to find this fascinating account of some great footballing moments absorbing. And you don’t need to be interested in football to want to learn about this tale of survival. But if you are by chance interested in both, you will find this book extraordinary.”