Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted
Country: Italy
Born: 1916
Died: 1944

Italy’s Featherweight boxing champion, Leone Efrati, came to the United States in December 1938 to challenge Leo Rodak, one of several World Featherweight division title claimants. Efrati lost the 10-round decision but opted to remain in the United States because of the specter of World War II. He was able to stay in America until 1943.

From the outbreak of World War II, Italy was partnered with Germany and Japan against the United States and its allies. Although his supporters tried to persuade U.S. officials that Efrati’s return to Italy meant his certain death, he was deported. A short time after his return, the Italian champion was arrested in Rome and deported to Auschwitz concentration
camp, where he was put to death in 1944.

Efrati is elected as a representative of Italian-Jewish athletes who died in the Holocaust.

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