Herzl, swords and the Nazi salute: The curious history of Jewish fencers
From downtrodden Jews dueling anti-Semites to the German-Jewish fencing champion who called Hitler a 'cute little man,' the story is a bizarre one.
During the summer of 1920, Jo Barschi, a Jewish doctor from Norway and an ardent Zionist, moved to prestate Israel. A former Norwegian fencing champion, he brought his sword with him along with his few other possessions.
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