Victor "Young" Perez , tells the astonishing, harrowing and incredible moving story of a Tunisian Jewish boxer, who became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932. Perez started ...
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Victor "Young" Perez , tells the astonishing, harrowing and incredible moving story of a Tunisian Jewish boxer, who became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932. Perez started training as a boxer at age 14 along with his older brother Benjamin "Kid" Perez Perez rose to great fame via the help and guidance of Leon Bellier and had a brief relationship with French-Italian actress Mireille Balin. The 5'1", 110-pound Perez won the International Boxing Union's version of the World Flyweight crown with a 2nd-round knockout of American champion Frankie Genaro, ergo becoming the youngest world champion in boxing history ! Perez was arrested in Paris on September 21, 1943 and detained in the Drancy internment camp France, before being transported to Auschwitz where he was assigned to the Monowitz to serve as a slave laborer Victor Perez arrived at Auschwitz on October 10, 1943, as part of "Transport 60" a group of 1,000. He was held in AuschwitzIII/Monowitz. Whilst there he was forced ...Written by
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Fact based story of the Jewish Boxer sent to the death camp
The original title of this French made film was 'Victor 'Young Perez' as this is essentially a biopic of that man's life. Born Tunisian, but also a Jew, he seemed to have boxing in his blood. He gets talent spotted by a French scout and taken off to make his fortune in The City of Light.
Now he was actually World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932 and so was very well known. Then he went off the boil but Hitler was about to take Europe by storm and as the title suggests Victor Perez was swept up in the horror of war and sent to the most notorious Death Camp. This is his story.
Now the make up here is excellent and the period detail is wonderful. The dialogue is mostly in French – even the Germans speak mostly en Francais albeit one Officer with a deliciously dark German accent. The acting is all above average with some very moving scenes. However, this is far from being the brutal honest version of this dark part of history, but there is nothing wrong with that. This also shines a light on another victim to that dreadful war and as such this is one I can recommend.
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