The Berlin Boxing Club

The Berlin Boxing Club

Book - 2011
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In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2011.
ISBN: 9780061579684
Characteristics: 404 p. ;,22 cm.


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Mar 18, 2017

Perfect for any Holocaust project. That's why I read it. It's a "boy book", but I'm a girl and I loved it. There are only a few books that I am able to think about everyday and this is one of them. Probably, because I couldn't put it down and I love the Olympics and this books covers it (as well as boxing). 5 stars, 10/10!
Main topics:
- Survival
- Freedom
- Sports
-Growing up
- Discrimination
- Segregation
- Hate
- Love

Jan 04, 2016

This is a great book that really helps show what life was like during the holocaust and how racism turned into violence through the story of a Jewish teenager living in Berlin.

Black_Cheetah_99 Feb 19, 2014

Great plot, historic basis, boxing, this book has everything.

Jul 07, 2012

great book i would only tell a guy to read but if your a girl who can stand a book built around a guy then go ahead just saying its more a guy book rather than a girl....

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Jul 07, 2012

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OliviaSh May 07, 2011

Fourteen-year-old Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew. But to the bullies at his school in Nazi-era Berlin, it doesn't matter that Karl has never set foot in a synagogue or that his family doesn't practice religion. Demoralized by relentless attacks on a heritage he doesn't accept as his own, Karl longs to prove his worth to everyone around him. So when Max Schmeling, champion boxer and German national hero, makes a deal with Karl's father to give Karl boxing lessons, Karl sees it as the perfect chance to reinvent himself. A skilled cartoonist, Karl has never had an interest in boxing, but as Max becomes the mentor Karl never had, Karl soon finds both his boxing skills and his art flourishing. But when Nazi violence against Jews escalates, Karl must take on a new role, protector of his family. Karl longs to ask hi new mentor for help, but with Max's fame growing, he is forced to associate with Hitler and other Nazi elites, leaving Karl to wonder where his hero's sympathies truly lie. Can Karl balance his dream of boxing greatness with his obligation to keep his family out of harm's way? (summary quoted from the inside jacket)


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