An unlikely friendship


Jesse Owens is know for his long-jump record. When Jesse won the gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, his direct opponent was German LUTZ LONG.

The crowd wanted to see them face off; after all, Jesse was black and Lutz was a white German.

The two athletes talked and discovered that they had a lot in common; both were Christians and loved the same God. That was the birth of an unbreakable friendship.

After Lutz died in a concentration camp in Sicily during World War Two, Jesse financed his son’s education in America. The world was deeply moved by this demonstration of love.

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Bennie Mostert
By Bennie Mostert