Ernő Egri Erbstein: Tragic tale of Jewish soccer hero who defied Nazis

    Story highlights

    • Ernő Egri Erbstein's story has been brought to life in a new book
    • Jewish football manager survived the Holocaust
    • He helped Italian club Torino win five league titles in 1940s
    • Erbstein was killed in a plane crash along with rest of Torino squad in 1949

    (CNN)The name Ernő Egri Erbstein may be almost forgotten -- but his story should not.

    It is a tale of human endurance, defiance, heroism and tragedy during one of the darkest times of the 20th century.
      Brought to light by a new book, "The Triumph and Tragedy of Football's Forgotten Pioneer" by British author Dominic Bliss, it reveals how a Hungarian Jew established himself as one of soccer's most sought after and successful coaches at a time when his life was placed in peril following the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
        A survivor of the Holocaust, Erbstein went on to lead Torino to great success, establishing the Italian club as one of the heavyweight