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 powers of European football before tragedy struck.
        In May 1949, Erbstein lost his life in an airplane crash near Turin which killed all on board including the players of his team.