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Bernhard Kempa (19 November 1920 – 20 July 2017) was a German handball player and coach. He became world champion in field handball in 1952 and 1955 as a national team player. He was born in Opole, Upper Silesia. Kempa made a significant contribution as the outstanding player.

Until his career as a player in 1957, Kempa won the championship in Göppingen one more time in the hall (1955) and in the field (1957). As a Göppinger coach, he did so in the indoor handball five more times (1958-1961, 1970), and Kempa also took the Europapokal in 1960.

In 2011, Kempa was admitted to Germany's Sports Hall of Fame.

Kempa died in Bad Boll, Germany of complications from Parkinson's disease on 20 July 2017 at the age of 96.

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