Sam P. Walters was born as Schlama Wolf Posmantier in 1929 in Będzin, Poland. The youngest of three brothers, Sam enjoyed a happy childhood in a religious home. Though he was only a child, Sam remembers the fear he felt in the lead up to the German invasion of Poland and the restrictions he and his family faced immediately after the occupation. Picked up off the street one day, Sam was forced to work in a nearby factory manufacturing bomb cradles. After the liquidation of the Będzin Ghetto Sam was moved through a series of labor facilities until his liberation in Waldenburg by Soviet troops in 1945. After the war Sam returned to Poland looking for survivors before discovering that both of his brothers were alive in Germany. He joined them in Landsberg where he focused on his education while awaiting immigration to the United States in 1949. While visiting a brother in Israel in 1957, Sam met and married his wife Ann.
Of Blessed Memory
1929 – 2007
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