Jacko Razon

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  • Name: Jacko Razon
  • Nationality: Greek
  • Birthdate:  ?/?/1923
  • Birthplace: Thessalonica, Greece
  • Hometown: Thessalonica, Greece
  • Height: 5 feet 7 inches.
  • Weight: 130-160lbs.
  • Amateur Record: unavailable


Jacko Razon was a Greek boxer who was sent to Auschwitz Concentration Camp during World War II.

Razon was born in Thessalonica, Greece, and was a childhood friend of Salomon Aroch. Razon, like Aroch, was an boxer. Both friends trained together, and Razon fought on the same cards as his friend.

When World War II broke out, Razon served in the Greek military. When Greece surrendered to Nazi-Germany, Razon, a Greek-Jew, was deported with his family to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland.

Razon reportedly fought on the camp's bi-weekly boxing shows (Jewish and Gypsy inmates who were boxers, were forced to box for the entertainment of the Nazi officers who betted on the fights. The winner received a loaf of bread and a bowl of soup; the loser was executed and cremated). By the end of 1944, Razon had managed to survive by winning over 120 fights. He was supposedly slated to meet his friend Salomon Aroch in a match, but the camp was liberated, and both men survived.

In 1989, Razon protested the movie, Triumph of the Spirit which was based on the life and experiences of Razon's friend, Salomon Aroch. Razon claimed that the movie was in fact, his own life story. Nothing came of the controversy, and Jacko Razon was played by actor Costos Grava in the movie.


  • Internet Search
  • Hadassa Magazine, March 2001, Vol. 82, Number 7: THESSALONIKI, by Ester Hect.
  • Triumph of the Spirit, 1989, motion picture.