SAM P. WALTERS | Holocaust survivor taught others to cherish life
Dignity despite ordeals
By JOYCE TSAI
The Kansas City Star

COURTESY OF THE MIDWEST CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION
“It was quite miraculous that he survived” the Holocaust, his daughter says of Sam P. Walters.

Who: Sam P. Walters, 77, of Overland Park.

How and when he died: Walters died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 21.

Early years in Europe: Walters grew up in Bedzin, Poland, a community of 21,000 Jews a few miles from the German border. Walters’ life experiences have been detailed in From the Heart: Life Before and After the Holocaust, A Mosaic of Memories. One memory Walters shared was walking to and from school, always on guard, and being tormented and jeered at, with rocks being lobbed at him or Walters being called “dirty Jew.”

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