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Max Schmeling - Righteous Ring Warrior?

More than half a century has passed since the legendary Joe Louis dispatched the German boxer, Max Schmeling, in just 124 seconds before 70,000 delirious fans in Yankee Stadium. In the minds of Americans, Schmeling is still best remembered as the Nazi who had upset Louis in 1936 and two years later got his come-uppance. As recently as October, 1991, the author of an article on boxing which appeared in the popular history magazine, American Heritage, described Schmeling as 'vehemently pro-Hitler'.

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