Sami's Story, a victim of the Holocaust, a survivor and a motivational speaker

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to be". Sami lives to tell his story, including internationally: Israel, UK, Mexico, Canada, China (via Skype), and Germany. Through speaking at schools, organizations, media outlets, and more, he is passionate about his role of sharing a fresh perspective on hope, life, and faith.
(Sami donates his salary from lectures for young students).

"Background of the Holocaust"

Adding context to understand how the Holocaust was possible. It started with words and evolved. Need to stand up to the lies and prevent perpetuating falsehoods.
(Sami donates his salary from lectures for young students).

"How to escape the prison of our own minds"

The benefits of taking responsibility. Developing a positive mental attitude.
(Sami donates his salary from lectures for young students).

Sami Steigmann

Holocaust survivor

New York


Sami was born in 1939 in Bukovina, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire belonging to Romania. From 1941 through 1944, he was with his parents in Ukraine at a labor camp in an area called Transnistria. The family was deported by the Romanians. After the medical experiments, life was very difficult in the camp. The starvation and the bitterly cold Russian winter created survival problems. His life was saved by a German woman who had access to the camp. The camp was liberated by the Red Army and he grew up in Transylvania. In 1961, the whole family emigrated to Israel and Sami served in the Israeli Air Force.

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