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Sam Olij

Full name: Simon Paulus "Sam" Olij
Gender: Male
Born: October 5, 1900 in Landsmeer, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Died: August 4, 1975 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: Carpentier, Amsterdam (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Boxing


Sam Olij was a Dutch amateur boxer, who was the national heavyweight champion 1926-28. At the 1928 Olympics, he was defeated in the quarter-final by the eventual winner, [Arturo Rodríguez] of Argentina. In the same year, Olij joined the police force, and became a member of the Dutch Nazi movement. During the German occupation in World War II, he worked for the "Central Office for Jewish Emigration", an agency for deporting Dutch Jews. For arresting 30 blind Jews, who were deported to Poland for forced labor, and other crimes against humanity, Olij was sentenced to death in 1947. The sentence was reduced to life imprisonment, and following a psychiatric examination, a further reduced sentence was proposed, and he was released in 1954, after nine years. His son Jan, also a Dutch boxing champion, voluntarily joined the ranks of the Waffen-SS and fought on the eastern front. After being wounded he returned to the Netherlands and became infamous as a member of the Green Police. After the war, he fled to Spain, and later to Argentina.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Boxing Men's Heavyweight Netherlands NED 5T

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Boxing Netherlands NED Quarter-Finals Match #4 2 1928-08-08 Rodríguez (ARG) , Olij (NED)
1928 Summer 27 Amsterdam Boxing Netherlands NED Round One Match #8 1 1928-08-07 Olij (NED) , Goyder (GBR) decision
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