Monday, February 07, 2005

Losing Side of the Good Fight



Pearsall notes the passing of Max Schmeling, the German boxer who fought Joe Louis in a match that crossed Nazi racial discourse with American race relations. Pearsall has excellent links on Schmeling, and PBS has a lot of material from its excellent documentary "The Fight" on the subject.
We all love happy endings, and it's become convenient in a way to say that Joe Louis and Max Schmeling ended up as great friends. I don't think they were really great friends. I think they were barely friends, they barely knew one another. They spent only forty minutes together in the ring. ... but history tied these two men together... History brought Joe Louis and Max Schmeling together and in history they'll always be together...
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