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Jews in the boxing world: fighters, managers, promoters, journalists, filmmakers
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This event is organised in partnership with Milim Leeds and is free to the public.
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This presentation, illustrated with prints, photos, and film-clips, is a wide-ranging exploration about Jews, internationally, who have punched above their weight in the boxing world. Encompassing both fact and fictionalized-film, the survey begins with Daniel Mendoza and his cohort in late eighteenth-century Britain, and concludes with some of the Jews who remain active in the ‘fight-game.’ Jews were, in fact, ‘contenders’, in several countries, for several decades, and in Britain, for more than a century. In so doing they shaped the sport which struggles to retain respectability and appreciate its complicated legacy.
Michael Berkowitz, a native of Rochester, New York, was trained (to little avail) by Ozzie Sussman, a former New York State Welterweight champ. Since 2012 the editor of Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England, Berkowitz is professor of modern Jewish history at University College London. His most recent book is Jews and Photography in Britain (University of Texas Press, 2015). He was co-editor, with Ruti Ungar, of Fighting Back? Jewish and Black Boxers in Britain (2007), the catalogue from the Jewish Museum exhibition for which Berkowitz served as academic advisor.