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Arthur Knautz

Full name: Arthur Knautz
Gender: Male
Born: March 20, 1911 in Daaden, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Died: May 4, 1943 in Belgorod, Belgorod, Russia
Affiliations: MSH Minden, Minden (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Handball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Field handball was only part of the Olympic program once, at the 1936 Berlin Games. The German Reich dominated their two preliminary round matches, beating Hungary 22-0 and then the USA 29-1, before winning all three matches in the final round, including a 10-6 win over Austria in the deciding match that won the gold medal. Arthur Knautz played two matches in Berlin, including the match against Austria. He won the Westphalian Championship from 1933-35 and German Championship in 1936, with MSV Hindenburg Minden.

He was also a very versatile soccer player and track athlete, with remarkable personal bests in high jump, long jump, discus throw and javelin throw. A trained carpenter, Knautz served as a professional soldier from 1928 and during World War II he was reported missing-in-action on 4 May 1943, west of Byelgorod in present-day Belorussia.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Handball Men's Handball Germany GER 1 Gold

Men's Handball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Handball Germany GER Final Round Match #4 1 1936-08-12 GER 16, SUI 6 0
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Handball Germany GER Final Round Match #6 1 1936-08-14 GER 10, AUT 6 0
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Handball Germany GER Group A Match #1 1 1936-08-06 GER 22, HUN 0 0
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