Erich Seelig

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Name: Erich Seelig
Hometown: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Birthplace: Bydgoszcz, Poland
Died: 1984-01-19 (Age:73)
Height: 173cm
Pro Boxer: Record

Erich Seelig (also spelled as "Eric") reached as high as the #5 Middleweight in the World in The Ring magazine's 1935-1940 rankings.

In March 1933, he was ordered by the Nazi government to relinquish his German titles. (The Nazis stripped all Jewish champions of their titles during this time.) The Nazis then ordered Seelig and his parents out of the country. He left Germany for Belgium, France (where the Nazis again made him flee), England, Cuba (briefly), and finally the USA.

In 1941 he married Greta Meinstein in the United States, also an athlete persecuted under Hitler's rule, as she was prevented from competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where she was set to run in the hurdles competition. She, too, had fled Germany. They first lived in New York then moved to Atlantic City. They ran a chicken farm for awhile, then Seelig opened a boxing gym. He died in 1984, his wife in July 2008.

Seelig is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. In June 2006, he received the Rocky Marciano AAIB Champions Award.

His German titles have never been restored.