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Gladiator of Auschwitz: New Movie tells the story of Pole who boxed his way through hell

Now a new movie tells the story of fighter Tadeusz Pietrzykowski, who survived the Holocaust thanks for his fists.

Born in Warsaw in 1917, Pietrzykowski was 20-years-old when he began competing as a bantamweight boxer.

After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, he strove to get to France but had been detained in Hungary and sent to Auschwitz. There he had been made to box to amuse the Nazi guards. His first battle in 1941 was contrary to an opponent nearly twice his weight. Pietrzykowski knocked out him, winning himself a loaf of bread.

“To be able to endure the camp that he needed to establish himself somehow,” Pietrzykowski’s daughter, Eleonora Szafran, states. “He’d just completed his high school examinations and had no expert skills. The one thing that he could do was box”

Pietrzykowski fought 37 occasions in Auschwitz, dropping only two. Also, he fought in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

“Courage, strength and hope”
The function of Pietrykowski is performed with Piotr GÅ‚owacki.

“The entire film is an effort to answer who”Teddy” Pietrzykowski is now to me. This is surely a story about an effort to escape hell, even about exactly what a person is capable of,” about devoting oneself”

“it is a story of courage, hope, and strength. To start with, it informs an unknown chapter of the history of an outstanding man, who for his fellow offenders became a sign of hope and the possibility that Poland hasn’t yet become”