Max Schmeling and Joe Louis pose for photo during fourth anniversary of the U.S. 'People to People' program. Hotel Astor, NY, October 19, 1960.
Max Schmeling Trains (1931) Boxing became a mass sensation in the 1920s and, for a time, Max Schmeling (1905-2005) was the most popular boxer in Germany. For many Germans, boxing represented the rejuvenation of heroic male competition. The boxer evoked the Greek physical and spiritual ideal, but he was also modern – hard, clean and fast.
June 22 1938 - American boxer Joe Lewis defeated German Max Schmeling by one knockout in the first round. His victory made Lewis the US's first African American sports hero. Rather than being enemies, Lewis and Schmeling became close friends. The two men visited each other often and Schmeling was a pallbearer at Lewis's funeral.
Joe Louis stands over challenger Max Schmeling as referee Arthur Donovan sends Louis to a neutral corner, June 22, 1938.
TIL the Nazi's used German boxer Max Schmeling in propaganda after he beat African American Joe Louis. Schmeling disliked the Nazis, he refused Hitler's gifts and hid Jewish children during Kristallnacht. He would later becomes friends with Louis and was a pallbearer at his funeral. : todayilearned
Max Schmeling aboard the Hindenburg crossing over Philadelphia ~ Max Haas
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