SEEKING KIN
By Hillel KuttlerApril 14, 2014 10:07am

BALTIMORE (JTA) – Nancy Glickman was a teenager when she heard the story about her father at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin: Marty Glickman and another Jewish sprinter, Sam Stoller, were replaced as members of the 400-meter relay team for the U.S. squad on the morning of the event.

American sprinters Marty Glickman, left, and Sam Stoller, at sea traveling to the 1936 Olympics, were prevented from competing at the games in Berlin but will be posthumously honored at the 2015 European Maccabi Games there. (Courtesy Nancy Glickman)

American sprinters Marty Glickman, left, and Sam Stoller, at sea traveling to the 1936 Olympics, were prevented from competing at the games in Berlin but will be posthumously honored at the 2015 European Maccabi Games there. (Courtesy Nancy Glickman)

Asking her father about the slight one night, he pulled out his uniform from the bottom drawer of a large dresser to display it. Right there, Nancy Glickman requested the item be bequeathed to her when he died.

Marty Glickman, “well before” his death at 83 in 2001, gave her the uniform, Nancy Glickman said, and she stores it in a duffel bag in her Washington, D.C., apartment.

“I’m the keeper of the uniform,” she said.

Maccabi USA, the Philadelphia-based branch of the Maccabi World Union sports federation, is hoping members of the Glickman and Stoller families will go to Berlin in July 2015 when the European Maccabi Games are held in the German capital and the memories of the two track stars are honored.

It will be the first time Berlin hosts the games, which started in 1929.

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