BERLIN (Mar. 11)
German newspapers expressed resentment today over the failure of Jim Braddock, heavyweight boxing champion, to accept the offer of the Deutschland Halle A.C., Berlin sporting club, for a title bout with Max Schmeling, German boxer, in Berlin next June.
“It is no wonder we receive such a reply to Schmeling’s offer, ” said the Berliner Tageblatt, “knowing as we do Gould’s attitude (Joe Gould, Braddock’s manager) as well as the activities of his race.”
Nazi papers blamed the American Jews for obstructing German plans to attract American tourists to the Reich. It was known here that one reason the Schmeling-Braddock fight was planned was to bring to Germany visitors who will attend King George’s coronation in May.
The Deutschland Halle A.C.’s offer, announced by Schmeling in New York, involved a guarantee of $250,000 and American radio and moving picture rights, estimated to be worth more than $100,000.