Harry Haft

Harry Haft

Auschwitz Survivor, Challenger of Rocky Marciano

Book - 2006
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Alan Scott Haft provides the first-hand testimony of his father, HarryHaft, a holocaust victim with a singular story of endurance, desperation, and unrequited love. Harry Haft was a sixteen-year-oldPolish Jew when he entered a concentration camp in 1944. Forced tofight other Jews in bare-knuckle bouts for the perverse entertainment ofSS officers, Harry quickly learned that his own survival depended on hisability to fight and win. Haft details the inhumanity of the sport inwhich he must perform in brutal contests for the officers. Ultimatelyescaping the camp, Haft's experience left him an embittered andpugnacious young man
Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780815608233
Branch Call Number: 796.83 H13h
Characteristics: xxxiii, 172 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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Feb 09, 2018

Published in 2006 - This is the brutally harrowing, real-life story of Harry Haft (WW2 Holocaust survivor) as told first-hand by his son, Alan Scott.

Born in Poland (1925) - Harry (at the age of 16) was rounded up (in 1941) with other Jews and deported to Jaworzno concentration camp which was located just north of Auschwitz.

It was here that Harry was trained by SS military personal to be a boxer. He was then forced to fight other prisoners to the death for the entertainment of his heartlessly sadistic captors.

To be sure - Harry's sordid and sad story of desperate survival is yet another mighty grim chapter in the history of the horrendous Nazi Holocaust.

*Note* - In 2007 - Harry Haft (82 at the time) died the same year that he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

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