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Episode 25 - Brown Bombers and Aryan Supermen: Race and Sport in the 1930s

Episode 25 - Brown Bombers and Aryan Supermen: Race and Sport in the 1930s

In 1936, not long after German heavyweight boxer Max Schmeling knocked out his African-American opponent, Joe Louis, the journal Der Weltkampf published the following statement:

“These countries cannot thank Schmeling enough for this victory for he checked the arrogance of the Negro race and clearly demonstrated to them the superiority of white intelli- gence. He restored the prestige of the white race and in doing so accomplished a cultural achievement. I for one am convinced that Schmeling was fully conscious of this fact and that he fought as a representative of the white race…. The victory of Italy in Abyssinia must be regarded in the same light…. After the war started there was only one thing left, the fight of a white [...]

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