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Harry Haft : Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano

By: Haft, Alan Scott

Part of the Religion, Theology and the Holocaust series
0815611196 / 9780815611196
Paperback / softback
Published 30/04/2020
United States
140 x 216 mm 208 pages, 12 black and white illustrations
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Alan Scott Haft provides the first-hand 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 La Starza, and Artie Levine, and he reveals new details about the rampant corruption at all levels of the sport.

In sharp contrast to Elie Wiesel's scholarly, pious protagonist in Night, Harry Haft is an embattled survivor, challenging the reader's capacity to understand suffering and find compassion for an antihero whose will to survive threatens his own humanity.

Haft's account, at once dispassionate and deeply absorbing, is an extraordinary story and an invaluable contribution to Holocaust literature.


1D Europe, 3JJH c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), BGS Biography: sport, HBTZ1 The Holocaust, HBWQ Second World War, WSTB Boxing

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