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The Jewish Boxers Who Fought Back and for their Lives before and after the Shoah

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


On November 10 at 7 P.M., E.T. the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will host Jeffrey Sussman who will discuss his new book, Holocaust Fighters: Boxers, Resisters, and Avengers (Rowan&Littlefield, Oct. 2021) that tells riveting stories of victims who fought back against the Nazis. The lives of five boxers who were forced to fight for their lives while imprisoned in concentration camps are explored in depth, followed by the stories of those who managed to escape captivity and reveal the truth about the death camps. Sussman also depicts in fascinating detail the acts of the Avengers, a military unit that hunted down and killed Nazi war criminals. The final portraits are of the prosecutors who brought the Nazi leaders to justice, those same leaders who watched Jewish and Gypsy boxers beat each other for their own personal entertainment.

Holocaust Fighters is an incredible account of the many ways people resisted Nazi rule, providing moving portrayals of the resilience of the human spirit even in the face of incredible horrors.