The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center is partnering with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to welcome Holocaust survivor Sami Steigmann. Steigmann will share stories from his remarkable life and prove that, though we must not forget the lessons of the Holocaust, he will not let that experience define him. The free program will take place in the Freedom Center’s Harriet Tubman Theater
In his early childhood, Steigmann’s family was sent to a labor camp in Ukraine, where he was subjected to cruel Nazi medical experiments. At one point, as Steigmann was on the brink of death, a local German woman risked her life to save his by giving him food to survive. Through the generosity and kindness of a stranger, Steigmann survived and is able to share his story today.
Near the end of World War II in Europe, Steigmann was liberated by Soviet forces and sent to a displaced persons camp. He later immigrated to the newly-formed state of Israel, where he served in the Israeli Air Force. After moving to New York City later in life, Steigmann began work as a motivational speakder and promoter of Holocaust education. In 2016, he was awarded the Harmony Power Award at the Museum of Tolerance and a proclamation from the New York State Assembly, which recognized him for his courage and his compassion as a motivational speaker. He has been featured by the United Nations, the US Congress, the Israeli Knesset and several major news organizations. Today, Steigmann travels the country speaking to communities as one of the last Holocaust survivors able to embark on such tours.