This is the true story of my childhood and the experiences I survived. When I, as a Holocaust survivor, tell of what happened, the brutality is always obvious. It is true that the most horrendous and cruel crimes were perpetrated on the Jewish people and others during the war, but I want to remind everyone that not all Germans or Polish or Ukrainians were bad people. There are, and always have been, many people in every nation who are good. We should always strive to find the good in everyone, to find ways to love and not to hate. That is the message of my story.
“I believe that all of us have something tremendously important to learn from his story. The language is clear and simple, and the story of survival against the odds is one that resonates through the ages. On behalf of generations of school children to come, thank you, Sam Harris, for the gift of this gripping story.” (Dr. Glenn W. McGee, Illinois state superintendent of education)
“This gripping first person account of a child caught in the horror of the Holocaust is a testament to the enduring resilience of faith in the ability of the human spirit to rebound from tremendous adversity. I highly recommend Sammy: Child Survivor of the Holocaust to educators were looking for material that will impact with middle age students.” (Dr. Cozette Buckney, chief education officer, Chicago Public Schools)
“To my knowledge Sam Harris is one of the, if not the, youngest Holocaust survivors who actually spent time in a concentration camp and was miraculously saved. Almost without exception, all Jewish children of his age were, after the arrest of their families, immediately murdered. His story is one that should be read by children to learn how are young boys survived the Holocaust. It is a story of hope encourage.” (Ernest W. Michel,Chairman, World Gathering Jewish Holocaust Survivors, author of Promises to Keep: One Man’s Journey Against Incredible Odds)