Los alemanes invadieron Polonia en septiembre de 1939. Cuando Makow fue ocupado, Sam huyo a territorio soviético. Volvió a Makow para buscar provisiones, pero fue forzado a quedarse en el ghetto. En 1942, fue deportado a Auschwitz. Mientras el ejército soviético avanzaba en 1944, Sam y otros prisioneros fueron enviados a campos en Alemania. Los prisioneros fueron forzados en una marcha de la muerte al principio de 1945. Fuerzas americanas liberaron a Sam después que se escapó durante un bombardeo.
They decided to march us towards the Bavarian mountains, to the Alps. 'Til today I don't know what the reason was. Either they wanted to destroy us in, in those mountains or they were going to trade us off through Switzerland. There was the death march. Well, I was already so weak that I could barely walk. That march was, took about ten to two...ten days to two weeks. Snow in the daytime, snow at night, every...it was March, and the weather in, in March in Germany is just worse than here. Every hour we had a different...And we had to sleep outside...er we always...they always camped us out somewhere in an open field. And we just huddled together like animals in the street, in the...in the in the wilderness. And tried to, just tried to stay alive. And on top of it we saw planes coming over us every...And we were praying, hoping, we says, "Come on, drop them, get it over with." Well I don't know. I think the pilots saw that we were prisoners and they dropped bombs all around us, but never on us. See we were wearing those striped uh uniforms. And they didn't fly too high to start with because they were bombing in the daytime. So probably this is the only thing that saved us.
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