New boxing movie about holocaust survivor Harry Haft

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Ben Foster (Hell or High Water) has signed on to play Harry Haft in the movie of the same name, a fact-based drama based on the Alan Scott novel Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano.

The film tells the true story of Haft, a boxer who survived Auschwitz by being forced to fight fellow prisoners in the concentration camps in ghoulish gladiatorial battles.

If Haft won, he got fed and was allowed to live long enough for the next bout, while the 76 opponents he beat were led to their deaths in the camps.

Haunted by the memories and guilt over the price of survival, Haft attempts to use high-profile fights against boxing legends like Rocky Marciano as a way to rediscover a reason to live, and to again find the woman he fell in love with before the war.

Production of the movie is set to get underway in February.

https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2018/11/ben-foster-to-star-in-holocaust-boxing-drama-harry-haft/
 
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If Haft won, he got fed and was allowed to live long enough for the next bout, while the 76 opponents he beat were led to their deaths in the camps.

Haunted by the memories and guilt over the price of survival, Haft attempts to use high-profile fights against boxing legends like Rocky Marciano as a way to rediscover a reason to live, and to again find the woman he fell in love with before the war.
Cheers for the SPOILERS! :sad:mad4:mad3
 
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Sounds like an excellent subject for a film - I wonder what kind of tone they'll use, it's obviously got a lot of heavy stuff in there.

Also, reading the wiki - I forget the size difference through the years - a heavyweight of 168-180lb!
 
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Sounds like an excellent subject for a film - I wonder what kind of tone they'll use, it's obviously got a lot of heavy stuff in there.

Also, reading the wiki - I forget the size difference through the years - a heavyweight of 168-180lb!
The story is so good it shouldn't be hard to make a great movie about it. The slant they take will be interesting though.
 
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OK.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Haft


Another Jewish camp survivor,who was ,also, apparently forced to fight to the death.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...hibition-bouts-for-nazi-officers-1689791.html

http://boxrec.com/en/boxer/301947


For me properly organized gladiatorial boxing contests in an death camp does seem far-fetched . I can't get my head round extermination camp guards cheering on a Jew there,even in a fight to the death.

My gut instinct is that that these guys were just more meaner ,robust or physical capable than other inmates and survived by bullying ,stealing food or beating the shit out of fellow Jews.
 
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DB Cooper

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OK.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Haft


Another Jewish camp survivor,who was ,also, apparently forced to fight to the death.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...hibition-bouts-for-nazi-officers-1689791.html

http://boxrec.com/en/boxer/301947


For me properly organized gladiatorial boxing contests in an death camp does seem far-fetched . I can't get my head round extermination camp guards cheering on a Jew there,even in a fight to the death.

My gut instinct is that that these guys were just more meaner ,robust or physical capable than other inmates and survived by bullying ,stealing food or beating the shit out of fellow Jews.
I think the comparrison to gladatorial times probably best sums it up. But without being there it is hard to be sure.