Arthur Knautz

Knautz Arthur ( born March 20, 1911 in Daaden Westerwald; † August 6, 1943 in Belgorod in Russia ) was a German field handball player. He was the captain of the German field handball team from 1936, in Berlin, won the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games.

A native of Daaden qualified carpenter, married to the Biersdorferin Erna Späth since 1936, first in Daadener gymnastics club and as a football goalkeeper physically active. With its entry into the Reichswehr, he found the way to handball. He was stationed in East Westphalia, member of the Minden military sports club "Hindenburg". This club has won several Westphalian and also the German Championship titles in the 1930s. 1935 he was appointed to the squad for the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. The German team he led there as a team captain for winning the gold medal, which is secured on August 14, 1936 with a 10:6 victory over Austria.

In addition to the handball Knautz reached in the course of his sporting career in athletics remarkable records in the high jump (1.75 meters), long jump ( seven meters ) javelin ( 41.76 meters) and discus throw ( 32.17 meters).

During World War II he served as a soldier in Russia, is recognized since 1943 as missing. In Daaden is named after him Gymnasium: the Arthur Knautz Hall. In Daaden live also some descendants of him.