In their first meeting at Yankee Stadium in 1936, Max Schmeling lands a left to the face of Joe Louis during their bout for the World Heavyweight Championship. Schmeling's ultimate victory would thrust him into the awkward role of a Nazi propogranda symbol.
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Learn the interweaving stories of two extraordinary men, boxers Max Schmeling of Germany and American Joe Louis, culminating in what was arguably the most politicized sporting event in history: the 1938 heavyweight championship of the world.
American Experience: The Fight originally broadcast in October 2004. This encore of American Experience broadcasts February 11 at 9pm. You can also watch this an many other episodes of American Experience via the PBS Video app and through our website.