Drew Welcomes Holocaust Survivor Sami Steigmann

“I am not identified by what happened to me, I am identified by how I choose to be. And I choose to be happy.”

Students hear from Holocaust survivor Sami Steigmann during an extended assembly. 

When Sami was 18 months old he was placed in a labor camp for nearly three years where he was subjected to Nazi medical experiments. It was a German guard who saved Sami’s life by feeding him when he showed obvious physical signs of starvation.

Sami shared this story and many more from a life full of adversity and perseverance as he emphasized to the students the power of positivity and forgiveness—and to never stereotype.

Thank you to Drew alumnus Dr. Jake Beniflah ‘86 for organizing Sami’s visit!

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