In the 1920 and ’30s, anti-Semitism was rife across the globe. Looking for symbols of strength, the Jewish people found representations of courage in two champions of boxing: Max Baer and Barney Ross. In “Max Baer and Barney Ross: Jewish Heroes of Boxing,” author Jeffrey Sussman chronicles the lives of two men whose successful bouts inside the ring served as an inspiration for Jewish fans across the country and around the world. Although they came from very different backgrounds, both would bask in the limelight as boxing champions and play a common role in uplifting the spirits of a persecuted people.
At this event, Sussman will recount the lives of these two extroardinary men and give a glimpse into the role that boxing played during the height of anti-Semitism. “Max Baer and Barney Ross: Jewish Heroes of Boxing” will also be available for purchase.