Sam Sander

Of Blessed Memory 1926 – 1998

Sam Sander grew up in Będzin, Poland.  In 1940, when he was 14, the Nazis forced Sam and his parents into the Bedzin Ghetto, where he worked as a slave laborer to help support them. In 1942, he was separated from his parents and sent to slave labor in a series of camps including Siebersdorf, Blechhammer, and Zweiberge. In April 1945, the Americans liberated him in the small German town of Ensdorf, in the middle of a death march. After living in the Zielsheim displaced person’s camp for four years and being reunited with his two older brothers, he came to the United States in 1949.

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