Systematically stripped of human dignity, the prisoners of Auschwitz waged a minute-to-minute struggle for mere existence. TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT focuses one Auschwitz internee's fight within the larger fight, telling the story of real-life Greek boxer Salamo Arouch (Willem Dafoe), who was
forced to battle for his life against other inmates in boxing matches that provided off-hours diversion for the camp's SS hierarchy. The film also details Arouch's successful pre-WWII boxing career, his love affair with his future wife (Wendy Gazelle), who also survived Auschwitz, and his struggle
to keep his father (Robert Loggia) alive in the camp. TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT was the ...