Novel Harks Back to Britain’s Golden Age of Jewish Boxers

Anna Whitwham isn’t Jewish, but she knew she had to give her protagonist Jewish roots. After all, Hebrew hammers hit hard in Britain starting in King George III’s day.

A hundred years ago, the British magazine Boxing ran a story headlined “The Hefty Hebrew: The Shattering of a Silly Old Legend.” It featured a series of hard-hitting Jewish champs who were, the article declared, smashing ethnic stereotypes as they punched their way to glory in the ring.