The tragic story of the champion Jewish fencer who fought for Hitler

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In 1924, Helene Mayer won the German national championship in women’s foil fencing at the age of 13. She went on to successfully defend her title six years in a row

Her extraordinary talent dazzled the country, earning her fame and adulation. Statues of her were sold in souvenir shops throughout Germany. 

Many considered her to be the greatest female fencer in history.

1927

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1927

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1928

Mayer at school in Germany.

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1928

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