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This one will stetch the memory of most vsitors to Chatter. In 1938, still almost five years before America entered WWII, there was considerable pro-German feeling in many parts of the country. Hitler had done much to restore national pride in Germany; as Mussolini had similarly done in Italy. In 1936, Max Schmeling, 31, had defeated a young Joe Louis (22) by a knockout in the 12th round at Yankee Stadium. Two years later (1938) a rematch was held in the same Yankee Stadium. Im Henderson, and many communities with large German immigrant population, Schmeling had many supporters. Recall that the atrocities of Hitler's Third Reich so well known today where not understood back then. The bout stirred up enormous public interest. This is hard to put in present-day context when it is difficult today to name the heavyweight champion. I recall being downtown Henderson the summer evening of the fight; it was all anyone was talking about. Outside one of the taverns you could hear the radio inside blaring. When the fighters were announced there was considerable cheering in the bar and out on the street when Schmeling was intgroduced; to be sure Louis had strong support, as well. Just two minutes into the opening round Louis had dropped the German to the canvas and he was unable to rise. The fight was over. The crowd, as I recall, was stunned by the swiftness of the ending. Joe Louis went on to become perhaps the most popular heavyweight in U.S. boxing history. Schmeling served in the German army during World War II, though he never joined the Nazi party. Those who knew him said he was never a political person. After the war Louis and Schmeling met a number of times, became friends, though they never met again in the ring. The news today is that Max Schmeling is dead at age 99. Boxing as a sport has declined considerably in the past fifty years. Those who were around in 1938 will never forget the Louis-Schmeling heavyweight fight. --Commentary by Don Osell

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For those of you who read "Time" magazine, just remember that Adolf Hitler was thier man of the year in 1938.

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It would seem a valuable lesson is to not believe everything in the media, be it 1938 or 2005.
These days we are inundated with information but all it is just sound bites.
It’s really too bad how Max Schmeling and Joe Louis at one time were part of the propaganda of the World War II era, much the same as Jesse Owens. Did you know that when Owens returned from the 1936 Olympics he had to make a living by racing animals in “side show” events? He also died from lung cancer due to his 2 pack a day habit and ironically the Nazi’s had discovered that cigarette smoking was detrimental to ones health.
Funny how Louis and Owens were American heroes but really weren’t treated as equals in their own country until later in their lives.

As far as the pro-German feeling in the 1930's...my neighbor told me about a kid in the neighborhood when he was growing up that had a cousin that was a German fighter pilot. He would get letters from him and run around the neighborhood bragging about his cousin’s adventures.


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