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How a Holocaust Survivor Helped an American Soccer Star

[caption id="attachment_8679" align="aligncenter" width="600"](Photo: flickr/mole555) (Photo: flickr/mole555)[/caption] We here at 4Zion are total sports nuts. And today, we cheer along as the United States celebrates its women's soccer team's big win. Throughout the World Cup, no American player was more important to the team than Carli Lloyd. Forward's Anne Cohen reports that Lloyd learned some important lessons along the way from a coach who survived the Holocaust:
Something you may not know? The 32-year-old soccer sensation owes much of her incredible success to one special person: Rudi Klobach, her high school coach — and a Holocaust survivor. Klobach was born in 1944 in Theresienstadt, his wife Barbara told The New York Times . His father, Karl, was made to bury bodies of fellow Jewish prisoners. After the war, the family moved to Dusseldorf, and then to the U.S. when Rudi was 4... ...no one meant as much to him as midfielder Carli Lloyd from Delran High School, whom he coached from 1997 to 2000. Klobach watched her rise to high school star status, and go on to win two Olympic gold medals. After every win, the Times reports, he would exclaim: “That’s my girl!”

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