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The boxer's story : fighting for my life in the Nazi camps

Author: Nathan Shapow; Bob Harris
Publisher: London : The Robson Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Once in a while there comes along a story so powerful and so emotive that it makes you re-think your own values. This is the story of Nathan Shapow, a young Latvian, born in Riga, with nothing more on his mind than becoming a world-renowned boxer. However, the sound of jackboots marching across Europe and the systematic extermination of the Jews put paid to his boxing dreams. He was to fight a different sort of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Autobiographies
Biographies
History
Personal narratives, Latvian
Biography
Named Person: Nathan Shapow
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathan Shapow; Bob Harris
ISBN: 9781849541909 1849541906
OCLC Number: 811123529
Description: x, 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: ch. 1 Murder in the Ghetto --
ch. 2 A Brief Childhood --
ch. 3 The Soviet Occupation --
ch. 4 The Riga Ghetto --
ch. 5 Ducking, Bobbing and Weaving --
ch. 6 The Empty Grave --
ch. 7 Changing Weight --
ch. 8 The Freedom Fighters --
ch. 9 The Life and Death of Herr Harr --
ch. 10 Spilve --
ch. 11 The Cruise to Hell (Stutthof) --
ch. 12 Magdeburg and Liberation --
ch. 13 The Path to Palestine --
ch. 14 Hela --
ch. 15 Blood in the Sand --
ch. 16 Leaving the Front --
ch. 17 The New World.
Responsibility: Nathan Shapow, with Bob Harris.

Abstract:

Once in a while there comes along a story so powerful and so emotive that it makes you re-think your own values. This is the story of Nathan Shapow, a young Latvian, born in Riga, with nothing more on his mind than becoming a world-renowned boxer. However, the sound of jackboots marching across Europe and the systematic extermination of the Jews put paid to his boxing dreams. He was to fight a different sort of fight, one for survival. The prize? His life. Seeing his youth disappear in the squalor of the ghettos and the horror of the camps, Nathan fell back on his previous existence to sustain him. The years of training, the running, the speed work, the three-round amateur fights in the gym, the street fights in Riga and the sheer competitive nature he developed saved him on more than one occasion, especially when he was forced to box for his life against a top German fighter in a concentration camp. THE BOXER'S STORY is an extraordinary and powerful true story that reads like a thriller. It will deeply affect everyone who reads it.

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