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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Holocaust Boxers

The aim for this post is to be a reference point for those who wish to learn more about boxers victimized during the Holocaust. The intention is that this post will expand as new information becomes known.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum defines victims of the Shoah as: "Any persons, Jewish or non-Jewish, who were displaced, persecuted or discriminated against due to the racial, religious, ethnic, social and political policies of the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945. In addition to former inmates of concentration camps, ghettos, and prisons, this definition includes, among others, people who were refugees or were in hiding." This broad definition will be used for this post.

Jewish Boxers
Lazzaro Anticoli
Salamo Arouch
Ben Bril
Moise Bouquillon
Theo Bouquillon
Francesco "Kid Francis" Buonaugurio
Robert Cohen
Pacifico Di Consiglio
Leone Efrati
Harry Haft
Shmuel "Samuel" Kenigswein
Jonas Kessler
Noah Klieger
David Kropveld
Imre Mandi
Adam Paluch
Benjamin "Kid" Perez
Victor "Young" Perez
Jacko Razon
Abraham Rosenberg
Szepsl Rotholc
Leen Sanders
Salem Schott
Eric Seelig
Nathan Shapow
Norman Shneidman
Seigfried "Siggie Lander" Stadtlander
Settimio "Terry" Terracina

Polish Boxers
Antoni Czortek
Tadeusz Pietrzykowski

Romani Boxers
Johann Trollmann

Holocaust Fighters By Jeffrey Sussman
Harry Haft By Alan Scott Haft
The Boxer's Story By Nathan Shapow with Bob Harris
Johann Trollmann and Romani Resistance to the Nazis By Jud Nirenberg
The Boxing Medal By N. Schneidman
K.O. Auschwitz By José Ignacio Pérez  (in Spanish)
Quatre boules de cuir ou l’étrange destin de Young Perez, champion du monde de boxe By André Nahum (in French)
Duello nel ghetto By Amedeo Guerrazzi Osti and Maurizio Molinari (in Italian)

The Survivor (2021)
The Champion

Journalistic Articles
David, Ariel "A Real-life Inglorious Basterd: The Jewish Boxer Who Battled Nazis." Haaretz.
Ganor, Tomer. "The Jewish boxing champ killed in Auschwitz." YNetNews.
Jakubek, Anna Maria. "Champion of Auschwitz." The Times of Israel.
Kentish, Portia. "The Boxer of Auschwitz." Emerging Europe.
Newland, Christina. "Gypsy in the Ring." Vice.
"Norman Schneidman"
Piattelli, Ariana. "Addio ad Ada Di Segni." La Stampa (in Italian).
Smith, Martin. "Rukeli 'Johan' Trollman." Dream Deferred.
"In Love and Auschwitz." Sydney Jewish Museum.

Academic Articles
Finder, Gabriel N. "The Politics of Retribution in Post-War Warsaw" in Warsaw: the Jewish Metropolis
Levis Sullam, Simon. "Uncovering the Italian Muscle Jew." Quest. October, 2017.
Paluch, Adam. "The Story of Adam Paluch." in Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust
Paulsson, Gunnar S. "The Hidden Jews of Warsaw." in How Was It Possible?: A Holocaust Reader.

The Jewish Boxing Blog Articles


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