Max Schmeling dead at 99

  1. BERLIN - Max Schmeling, the heavyweight champion whose two fights with Joe Louis set off a propaganda war between the Nazi regime and the United States on the eve of World War II, died at 99.....
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  3. by   pickledpepperRN

    ...On June 19, 1936, after rain postponed the fight a day, the undefeated Louis was knocked out by Germany's Max Schmeling.

    German Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels proclaimed Schmeling's victory a triumph for Germany and Hitlerism. The Nazi weekly journal Das Schwarze Korps (The Black Corps) commented: "Schmeling's victory was not only sport. It was a question of prestige for our race."

    In a 1938 rematch, Louis defeated Schmeling in one round.

    Schmeling opposed the Nazis and ultimately developed a personal friendship with Louis. In fact, Schmeling paid for a part of the American boxer's funeral arrangements in 1981.
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Oops! Sorry!
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Feb 5, '05 : Reason: wrong thread.
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    Max even sent money to Lewis and actually paid for Lewis' funeral!

    What a charecter!