10 episodes

Eddy Hamel was the greatest American soccer player you’ve never heard of. He was the first American to play in any major European league, and for a while, he was the most popular player at one of Europe’s biggest clubs, Ajax of Amsterdam.
He was also a Jew, at a time, and in a place, where his religion was effectively a death sentence. After two decades of brilliant football, first as star player and then as a highly successful coach, beloved by the Jews of Amsterdam, Eddy and his family were swept up in the Nazi’s ‘Final Solution.’ Hamel became one of very few Americans to be sent to Auschwitz.
Now, more than a century later, this is his story.

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Belhamel: The Story of Eddy Hamel Jim McGough

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    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Eddy Hamel was the greatest American soccer player you’ve never heard of. He was the first American to play in any major European league, and for a while, he was the most popular player at one of Europe’s biggest clubs, Ajax of Amsterdam.
He was also a Jew, at a time, and in a place, where his religion was effectively a death sentence. After two decades of brilliant football, first as star player and then as a highly successful coach, beloved by the Jews of Amsterdam, Eddy and his family were swept up in the Nazi’s ‘Final Solution.’ Hamel became one of very few Americans to be sent to Auschwitz.
Now, more than a century later, this is his story.

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    Episode 1: Belhamel, the Trickster

    Episode 1: Belhamel, the Trickster

    Eddy Hamel, the first Jewish player for Ajax, draws immediate attention and fame, but the American-born star is ineligible to play for the Netherlands in the Amsterdam Olympics.

    This episode featured Menno Pot.

    Music Credits:
    An Angel Will Rise (purple-planet.com)
    Clean Soul (credit: Kevin MacLeod)
    Leaving Home (credit: Kevin MacLeod)
    Original Music by Paul Chavez.


    Visit the series website: belhamelpodcast.com

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    • 20 min
    Episode 2: Player Becomes Coach

    Episode 2: Player Becomes Coach

    In the 1930s, Eddy transitions to coaching, achieving success with RKSV Volendam's first-ever championship.

    Music Credits:
    An Angel Will Rise (purple-planet.com)
    Clean Soul (Kevin MacLeod)
    Concentration (Kevin MacLeod)
    Leaving Home (Kevin MacLeod)
    Original Music by Paul Chavez.


    Visit the series website: belhamelpodcast.com

    Follow us @belhamelpodcast

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    • 20 min
    Episode 3: Amsterdam and Beverwijk

    Episode 3: Amsterdam and Beverwijk

    Following his departure from Alcmaria Victrix, Eddy takes on a coaching role with De Kennemers.

    Music Credits:
    An Angel Will Rise (purple-planet.com)
    Clean Soul (Kevin MacLeod)
    Concentration (Kevin MacLeod)
    Leaving Home (Kevin MacLeod)
    Original Music by Paul Chavez.


    Visit the series website: belhamelpodcast.com

    Follow us @belhamelpodcast

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    • 17 min
    Episode 4: Eddy's First and Last Jewish Club

    Episode 4: Eddy's First and Last Jewish Club

    Eddy commits to coaching HEDW, a club with predominantly Jewish members, in the lead up to World War II.

    Music Credits:
    An Angel Will Rise (purple-planet.com)
    Concentration (Kevin MacLeod)
    Clean Soul (Kevin MacLeod)
    Devastation and Revenge (Kevin MacLeod)
    Satiate Strings (Kevin MacLeod)
    Sunset at Glengorm (Kevin MacLeod)
    Leaving Home (Kevin MacLeod)
    Original Music by Paul Chavez.


    Visit the series website: belhamelpodcast.com

    Follow us @belhamelpodcast

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    • 17 min
    Episode 5: Jews Out, Gentiles In

    Episode 5: Jews Out, Gentiles In

    Under the Reichskommissariat order, Eddy faces arrest during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam.

    This episode featured Jurryt van de Vooren.

    Music Credits:
    An Angel Will Rise (purple-planet.com)
    Concentration (Kevin MacLeod)
    Clean Soul (Kevin MacLeod)
    Devastation and Revenge (Kevin MacLeod)
    Satiate Strings (Kevin MacLeod)
    Leaving Home (Kevin MacLeod)
    Original Music by Paul Chavez.


    Visit the series website: belhamelpodcast.com

    Follow us @belhamelpodcast

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    • 18 min
    Episode 6: Westerbork

    Episode 6: Westerbork

    Eddy and his family are imprisoned at Kamp Westerbork for three months, before they are all deported to Auschwitz.

    This episode featured Kevin E. Simpson.

    Music Credits:
    An Angel Will Rise (purple-planet.com)
    Clean Soul (Kevin MacLeod)
    Lost Frontier (Kevin MacLeod)
    Mesmerize (Kevin MacLeod)
    Despair and Triumph (Kevin MacLeod)
    Dreams Become Real (Kevin MacLeod)
    Leaving Home (Kevin MacLeod)
    Original Music by Paul Chavez.


    Visit the series website: belhamelpodcast.com

    Follow us @belhamelpodcast

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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Larry Schallert ,

Belhammel

This is a fantastic pod cast. I recommend it to all. It’s particularly salient in todays times. Thanks to the amazing author.

spg88man ,

Amazing story

And super well done!

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