Kupiskis Sports Photos
In the 20th
Century, Kupiskis children, teenagers and adults were involved in
sporting activities whether as participants or on-lookers. This
was encouraged particularly following World War I with the advent of
Zionist and other youth groups who sponsored sporting events.
These events were well-attended and included participation between
groups and with other shtetlach. There were popular Maccabi events
throughout Lithuania and Kupiskis residents participated. You will
see evidence of this in the photo of a Kupiskis -Rokiskis soccer match.
here to see the photo - August 12,
1925. Rokiskis won, 2 - 1]
The photos which are found in
this section reflect those activities and interests such as soccer and
wrestling which the Kupishokers carried with them even when they left
Lithuania. They remained avid sports fans in their adopted countries
and passed that interest onto their children and grandchildren, many of
whom participate in Maccabi and other sporting activities today.
Maccabee Soccer Team
The following photograph was contributed by Fay Trapido Morris whose
father Israel-Mendel Trapido, the son of Yankel Trapido and Tila-Pese
Katz, born 1904 in Kupiskis, is located on the bottom row, far
right. It shows a group of young men who were athletically inclined and
active in sport. For those who eventually left Kupiskis and survived the
Holocaust, this photograph traveled with them to South Africa and Israel
and was a poignant memory of their youth and the friends that they lost.
Note that on the top row there is a person superimposed on the photo who
appears larger than the rest of the team. This was the coach of the team
who missed the original photo session. The photographer later put him in.
The names of the other team members are not known. However, it is possible
that the coach was Beno-Leizer Meyerowitz and the photographer was Josel
Kupiskis Wrestling Team
The following photograph was brought to South Africa from Kupiskis in the 1920's by Norman Meyer's father. He was on the wrestling team in Kupiskis and brought the photo with him as a momento. It shows in the back row a black team member which makes this a very unique photograph as blacks were certainly a rarity in Lithuania
at that time and even today. None of the names of the team members are known.
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