Historical context
Living-history voice enhances ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’
By Laura Shovan | Special to the Sun
November 28, 2007

Holocaust survivor Sam Ponczak was a toddler when he and his mother escaped from Nazi-occupied Poland. Ponczak, who is Jewish, was taken to Soviet Russia. He spent the remainder of World War II in a Siberian labor camp with his parents. His story is a mixture of his early memories and family accounts.

A Columbia resident, Ponczak, 69, shared his story and answered questions from cast and audience members Saturday afternoon after a performance of The Diary of Anne Frank at Hammond High School.