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Author Haft, Alan

Title Harry Haft : Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano
Published Syracuse : Syracuse University Press, 2020


Description 1 online resource (210 pages)
Series Religion, Theology and the Holocaust Ser
Religion, Theology and the Holocaust Ser
Contents Introduction -- Born lucky -- Occupation -- Captured -- Lost hope -- Beating -- Jew animal -- Cannibals -- Escape -- Whorehouse -- Heavyweight champion -- Uncle Sam -- Training -- Harlem -- Washington, D.C. -- Career bouts -- Training for Marciano -- Fighting rocky -- Moving on -- Finding Leah
Summary Alan Scott Haft provides the firsthand testimony of his father, Harry Haft, a Holocaust victim with a singular story of endurance, desperation, and unrequited love. Harry Haft was a sixteen-year-old Polish Jew when he entered a concentration camp in 1944. Forced to fight other Jews in bare-knuckle bouts for the perverse entertainment of SS officers, Harry quickly learned that his own survival depended on his ability to fight and win. Haft details the inhumanity of the "sport" in which he must perform in brutal contests for the officers. Ultimately escaping the camp, Haft's experience left him an embittered and pugnacious young man. Determined to find freedom, Haft traveled to America and began a career as a professional boxer, quickly finding success using his sharp instincts and fierce confidence. In a historic battle, Haft fights in a match with Rocky Marciano, the future undefeated heavyweight champion of the world. Haft's boxing career takes him into the world of such boxing legends as Rocky Graziano, Roland LaStarza, and Artie Levine, and he reveals new details about the rampant corruption at all levels of the sport. -- Adapted from publisher description
Notes Print version record
Subject Haft, Harry, 1925-2007
Haft, Harry, 1925-2007
Jewish boxers -- United States -- Biography
Holocaust survivors -- United States -- Biography
Jews -- Poland -- Bełchatów -- Biography
Jewish boxers
Holocaust survivors
United States
Poland -- Bełchatów
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780815608004