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Josef Thorak

Full name: Josef Thorak
Gender: Male
Born: February 7, 1889 in Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Died: February 26, 1952 in Hartmannsberg, Bad Endorf, Bayern, Germany
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Art Competitions

Biography

Sculptor and medalist Josef Thorak was listed in the Official Art Catalog of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a German, but he was actually Austrian. With [Arno Breker], Thorak was considered among the most important and valued sculptors by the Nazis. Thorak studied in Wien and Berlin. His penchant for monumental sculptures gave him several lucrative government contracts.

Thorak created the Turkish Liberation Monument in Eskişehir and the bronze statue Faustkämpfer (Boxer) of the boxer Max Schmeling for the Reichssportfeld at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was divorced from his Jewish wife in 1934 and followed the official Nazi notions of monumental art. His wife Hilda and his son Peter went missing during the war. After World War II, Thorak was placed in a de-Nazification program, and was eventually allowed to resume working.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 43 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Sculpturing, Unknown Event Austria AUT AC
1932 Summer 43 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Sculpturing, Unknown Event Austria AUT AC

Mixed Sculpturing, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1932 Summer 43 Los Angeles Art Competitions Austria Final Standings AC Sport Girl of 1932
1932 Summer 43 Los Angeles Art Competitions Austria Final Standings AC Portrait of Max Schmeling
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