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Join live interview with Holocaust survivor on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Survivor Program

The City and Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County are recognizing Holocaust Remembrance Day (or Yom HaShoah) on Tuesday, April 21 by livestreaming an interview with a 90-year-old Auschwitz survivor. The interview begins at 3:30 pm and can be viewed live on the City’s website or on YouTube.

Sam S. was 10 years old in 1939 when the Germans invaded Poland and occupied his hometown of Jaworzno. Sam will share compelling first-person testimony of his survival of two concentration camps and daring escape from the death march. Sam has a riveting account of a child’s daredevil bravery, his pain and suffering and remarkable ingenuity in eluding the Nazis.  Imprisoned together, Sam and his father had deeply opposing beliefs about whether the Jews should risk certain death to escape or practice their spiritual beliefs and trust divine protection.

The Mission Viejo community is invited to join via livestream at 3:30 pm on April 21 to hear Sam’s incredible stories. Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing remembrance@cityofmissionviejo.org. During the program, residents can also call in with questions by dialing 949-470-8464. We will address as many questions as possible during the 90-minute presentation.


Submitted by Lisa Armony on Mon, 04/20/2020 - 4:33 pm


Thank you so much for sharing your story, Sam. Holocaust education is mandated in California, but with no set standards, that there is great diversity among schools and school districts in the way the Holocaust is taught. As a result, many students graduate without really understanding what the Holocaust was about. Can you share your thoughts about Holocaust education in our schools? Is it important and if so, why? And what are the main lessons that should be taught about the Holocaust? Thank you.

Submitted by Linda Prenner on Tue, 04/21/2020 - 4:11 pm


thank you for sharing your story. My grandfather Hillel Trajlerer. Taken from Paris by train Convoy 3 from Drancy to Auschwitz - June 22, 1942. Killed in an incenerator Aug 1, 1942. #41196.

Submitted by Marie Bammer on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 1:13 am


My Dear Friend, Sam....
I missed your speaking engagement Tuesday because I was still "teaching" and was in the middle of a meeting. I love hearing you speak, and your story of perseverance never gets old or tiring. YOU inspire my every single day...and I love you for it. xoxo, Marie

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