Marty Glickman: The Life of an American Jewish Sports Legend – facilitated by Howard Schickler

Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 pm

Via Zoom – visit our secure website for the link

The next stop on Howard Schickler’s Random Walk Through Jewish History an Culture will be to the sports arenas of New York City in the interwar period through the rest of the 20th Century.

The story of Marty Glickman is also the story of finding a way to succeed in an America that was often less than welcoming to Jews.

The story includes Glickman’s encounter with the antisemitism of Avery Brundage and the American Olympics Committee that prevented him and another Jewish co-athlete from competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, his relations with black sports figures and his resistance along with other ethnic sports figures to pressures to change their last names.

The tone is set by the author’s fond memories of Glickman and growing up as an avid Jewish sports fan.

The presentation is also full of anecdotes illustrating the problems, prospects and humorous aspects of becoming American while remaining proudly Jewish.

Howard may find interesting articles about Marty and his era. If you would like to receive copies please click here.