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Polish Jewish Boxing Champion Forced to Join Olympic Squad

July 30, 1936
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Vowing “I’ll show these Nazis,” Shepsel Rotholz, Poland’s Jewish flyweight boxing champion who won the international title at Chicago in 1934, entrained for Berlin with the Polish Olympic Team today.

In the Polish military service, Rotholz is being compelled to participate in the Olympic Games under orders of his military superiors.

A member of the Star Sports Club, a labor Zionist organization, the boxer had fought to the last against taking part in the Berlin games. He is 21 years old.

In 1934, Rotholz soundly whipped his Nazi opponent in an international boxing tournament at Posen which he entered only after being threatened with disqualification by the Polish Boxing Association.

The young flyweight is a printer by trade and the son of orthodox parents in Warsaw.

He was given an enthusiastic send-off by a large crowd of admirers.

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