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Holocaust Survivor To Bring Story Of Hope, Tolerance To Wichita

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A Holocaust survivor brings his story to Wichita this evening in a program to remember the Holocaust and teach future generations about it.

Sami Steigmann was just a year-and-a-half old when he and his parents were taken into a slave labor camp in Romania. Almost all of his terrible life there was learned long after the camp was liberated.

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Sami's parents, Reghina and Nathan.

At 76, he is one of the youngest survivors of the horrors of the Jewish imprisonment and extermination.

"To tell the truth, I really don't remember. For me, it is a blessing in disguise I don't have to remember those horrors every single day," Sami says. "And I also teach young people that for a lot of the survivors, the older generation, in a practical sense, the war has never ended."

Sami's life was saved by a German woman who found him close to starvation, and now, after 63 years of silence, he has become a motivational speaker to school children in the States.

Tonight's program, titled "Remembrance, Hope, Tolerance," is at 7 p.m. at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex at Wichita State University. Partners include the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation, Newman University, Wichita State University, Inter-Faith Miniseries, Congregation Emanu-El, Shaarei Tikvah Synagogue, Ahavath Achim Hebrew Congregation, and the Terezin Composers Project Foundation.

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