July 2, 1906 – September 23, 1996
In 1936, Karoly Karpati faced off against a German. In the gold medal Olympic lightweight bout, Karpati, a Hungarian Jew, wrestled Wolfgang Ehrl. The Jew won, and Nazi organizers were not exactly ecstatic with the result.
In 1942, Karoly Karpati faced off against a German. Karpati was sent to a Nazi labor camp, and a guard wedged him with the butt of his gun. The Olympian pulled the gun from his assailant's hands and broke it over his knee. He then picked up the German and tossed him over a bridge. Somehow, it did not cost Karpati his life. He survived the camp and lived a long fruitful life in Hungary.
There are great victories and then there are great victories...
August 3, 2016