• Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano

  • Religion, Theology and the Holocaust
  • By: Alan Scott Haft
  • Narrated by: Price Waldman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano

By: Alan Scott Haft
Narrated by: Price Waldman
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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 16-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.

©2006 Alan Scott Haft (P)2020 Syracuse University Press

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Human Cruelty and Love

Hard to believe people would treat people like the Jews were treated during the Holocaust. But it is also amazing how love, no matter how brief, carried two lives through it. But the Holocaust and quite frankly is tough childhood were experiences that scarred him as an adult and through life.

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Could not be more moving!!!

The best and most worst of Humanity laid out in plain, painful, and powerful images. A story, while true, would be preferably fictional.
NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN. Many thanks to author and son, ALAN, for seeking to heal your wounds with this work.

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Harry Haft

I love true stories. This book shared with us a man who had to fight to stay alive in Auschwitz. It is an excellent book that helps us learn how we can overcome even the worst trials.

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  • Sandy
  • 10-07-22

Violence : all Harry Haft knew when the war ended

Harry was a survivor. During the early years of the war and a friend managed to stay alive by working hard, from a young age. He had no schooling once the Nazi's came into power and after they invaded Poland. Harry's experiences in the concentration camp were horrific but he still did everything he had to stay alive. He was used by the German's to provide entertainment by fighting his fellow prisoners. At the end of a fighter there could only be one winner and survivor and that had to be Harry. The choice he had was if he survived then the challenger was shot (if he was still alive) if Harry lost then he would have been shot. It is the story of a boy who lived by his wits and how in his later how he dealt with the memories and constant nightmares of his years in the "Camps" and how it shaped his relationships with his wife and children. Written by his son this book is not for the faint-hearted. it is an excellent example of what extreme violence can do to someone.

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  • Frank
  • 03-27-21

a rare insight into the potential of human nature

A must listen for anybody who is interested in conquest in the face of relentless adversity...