The Fighter by Jean Jacques Greif

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Moshe Wisniak grew up malnourished and fatherless outside Warsaw at a time when Jews and Poles lived in poverty and violence. When Moshe's brothers emigrate to Paris in the 1930s, it means a new life for the whole family, who follow soon after. A decent job, a lovely young wife, and a hobby as an amateur boxer vastly improve Moshe's prospects until the day he is rounded up and sent to Auschwitz. There he is tortured, starved, and most shockingly, asked to entertain Nazi soldiers by boxing against dying prisoners.Moshe wants to survive without killing his comrades, but how? Based on the memoir of his family friend, Jean-Jacques Greif has taken the facts and turned them into a gripping novel about life and death in Auschwitz.
 

About Jean Jacques Greif

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Jean-Jacques Greif lives in Paris, where he works as a journalist for the magazine, Marie Claire. About writing The Fighter, he says, "I was born in Paris in 1944. My parents and their friends spoke French with a strong Polish accent. Some of them (including my father) had blue numbers tattooed on their arms. All they ever talked about in their faulty French was the war. How boring! But then, much later, when they had white hair and plastic knees and I met them at funerals, I thought their old heads were probably filled with great stories. I had become a journalist and writer. I started interviewing them. Five of my twenty published novels are based on what my parents and their friends told me. This is one of them." Learn more about Jean-Jacques Greif on his bilingual web site www.jjgreif.com.
 
Published October 1, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Moshe learned to box in Paris, and a central scene of the story is his moral dilemma when commanded to fight a dying prisoner: He must kill the opponent or be killed by the SS if he refuses.

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French author Greif's moving and realistic novel follows Moshe Azik Wisniak, a Polish Jew, in a WWII concentration camp.

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