During WWII, Jewish men were forced to box on Saturday night for Nazi entertainment. The winner got extra food. The loser lost everything. The year is 1943 and a Polish Jew named Samson Abrams has just made a life...
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During WWII, Jewish men were forced to box on Saturday night for Nazi entertainment. The winner got extra food. The loser lost everything.
The year is 1943 and a Polish Jew named Samson Abrams has just made a life or death decision coming to the aid of a young Jewish boy being beaten by the Nazis. Before long, the guards soon storm his house and Samson's entire family must board the train to Auschwitz.
As they arrive at the camp, a man who will later be referred to as pure evil, Dr. Joseph Mengele oversees the ?selection? process. The young, weak and elderly are all sent to their deaths. Samson tries to attack, but he is calmed by Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic monk also interred at the camp. For Samson, all of this evil reaffirms his belief that there is no God.
Commondant Rudolf Hoss soon recognizes Samson as the 1936 Olympic Boxing Champion and pulls him aside. He offers Samson a deal. He can box for his life. The winner of each fight gets extra food, the loser goes to the Gas Chambers? and it's even worse for Samson -- if he loses, he will find himself on Mengele's experimental operating table.
The tale that ensues is a story of beauty amidst the horror and significance amidst the terror. Adding to the complexity is Samson's loss of faith and his slow renewal of that faith through his relationship with Kolbe. It is not an easy task. Here, he must find his faith while he witnesses the violent, tortured deaths of most of his friends and family.
The relationship with Dr. Mengele only worsens as time passes and Samson somehow stays alive in the ring each week. A historic battle ensues with Hitler, Himmler, H ss, and many of the highest ranking officials in the Nazi Party watching... this incredible fight culminates in Mengele himself getting in the ring with Samson.
The freedom he soon finds will affect his life for eternity.
Based on multiple true events that have been combined to create the sweeping narrative.
Shawn Hoffman is an actor, screenwriter, and producer whose credits include landing a leading role in Broadway s "The Survivor, "serving as a producer on the NBC show" The Apprentice, " and appearing in films and TV shows for Lion s Gate Studios, Disney, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and MTV. Over the last ten years, Shawn has written and sold ten screenplays, including for the movie adaptation of "Samson, "and his film "Hometown Legend" won several festivals"."