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Karel Lotsy 1941

Lotsij, Karel Johannes Julianus (1893-1959) (known under the name Lotsy). Important Dutch sports manager before, during and after ww2. Nickname: 'Karel de Kerel' (Charles the Man)


After his death he was compromised.

In the 1960s people looked differently at ww2 then before. Suddenly everybody who had lived during that war was either 'bad' or 'good' / 'black' or 'white'.


Karel Lotsy became bad / black. He had been the Dutch chef de mission during the Olympic Games of 1936 (as he would be in London 1948, and Helsinki 1952).

During ww2 he was also a sports adviser of the German occupiers, and chairman of the Dutch Football Association.

As a chairman he did not oppose the discharge of Jewish empires, and on many occasions he showed sympathy for the 'New Order' in The Netherlands.


In Amsterdam the Karel Lotsylaan was renamed Gustav Mahlerlaan in 1997. But in other towns streets kept his name. Not everybody supports the good / bad concept.

But that is another story.


Drawn by Bob Uschi (Viktor Silberberg, 1911 - 1995). Bob was a Dutch illustrator and pioneering radio maker.



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Uploaded on September 9, 2008