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The Fighter

by Jean-Jacques Greif

Published by U.S. edition: Bloomsbury, 2006
211 pages
ISBN: 158234891X

Age 14 and older

Moshe’s family moves from Warsaw, Poland, to Paris, France, in 1929 to try to build a better life for themselves and, indeed, things do look up for them for a while. But in 1942, Germans begin to deport all foreign-born Jews, including Moshe and his family. Moshe has always been a tough kid, and he has even had training as a boxer, but nothing has prepared him for the horrors of Auschwitz, where the strongest among them survives for three weeks at the most. Thanks to his streetwise survival skills and brute physical strength, Moshe manages to survive for more than three years, and lives to tell the story of the daily brutality he and others faced at the hands of the Nazis. Based on the life of one of the author’s family friends, Greif’s novel doesn’t shy away from the horrific details recounted by Holocaust survivors. CCBC Category: Fiction for Young Adults.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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