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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Berlin Boxing Club

Author: Robert Sharenow
Reviewer: Book Girl
      This book takes place in Germany a few years before World War Two.  The main character, Karl is Jewish but doesn't look it and isn't religious.  After being badly beat up at school because of his religion, Karl decides that something has to change.  The change comes in the form of Max Schmeling, a famous German boxer.  Rather than paying for one of the paintings on display in Karl's father's gallery, he offers to give Karl boxing lessons instead.  Karl accepts, to his father's dismay, and begins training with Max.
     This book completely fascinated me.  In it, it shows Hitler wanting to prove that the Aryan German is the superior race, and enforcing that through the strength of their best boxer Max Schmeling, who, in fact, doesn't even look like the ideal Aryan.  I would definitely recommend this book, it is about so much more than boxing.

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