February 05, 2005

History Teaches Me

Max Schmeling Bio from Sporting Life
andMax Schmeling bio from elsewhere

Few things are simple and pat. Occam's Razor works for solutions, not history. When I was growing up, all I got of Joe Brown was that he did his part during WWII by defeating Max Schmeling, the German heavyweight champion. Barely registered a blip.

And now, now I find I was wrong. Only after his death, this week, at 99. Schmeling wasn't a Nazi party member, hid his Jewish neighbor's kids and got them out of Germany, gave money to Joe Brown later in life, and even paid for Joe Brown's funeral.

Last time I listen to a history teacher.

Posted by Ted Stevko at February 5, 2005 09:44 AM | TrackBack