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Film: Searching for Victor "Young" Perez, The Boxer of Auschwitz

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

In 1931, twenty-year-old Victor "Young" Perez became the youngest world champion in boxing history, winning the World Flyweight crown. The Tunisian-born Jew lost the title the following year, but fought until 1938, when he retired with a record of 92 wins, 26 losses, and 15 draws. 

Arrested in Paris in 1943, he was transported to Auschwitz, where he was forced to participate in boxing matches for the amusement of the Germans. He was one of the prisoners on the death march that left the camp on January 18, 1945. He was reported as having been killed four days later. 

When French actor Tomer Sisley heard Perez's story, he was inspired to make a movie about it. The newly released documentary film Searching for Victor "Young" Perez follows Sisley on his quest to learn more about Perez's harrowing experiences, and the secret of his tragic death. The film includes a visit to Auschwitz with a deportee who knew Perez. 2016, 64 minutes, in French with English subtitles.

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Co-presented by the JFCS Holocaust CenterLehrhaus Judaica, and JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.