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.

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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...