Holocaust Survivor Sami Steigmann Shares His Story With Google Employees in New York
Sami Steigmann — who as a young Jewish boy from Romania endured deportation to a Nazi labor camp where he was subjected to horrific medical experiments — recalled his experiences last week during a visit to the Google office in New York City organized by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM).
This was part of an ongoing initiative to bring Holocaust survivors to U.S.-based media and tech companies in an effort to educate about the Nazi genocide and raise awareness of the perils of rising contemporary antisemitism eight decades later.
The 93-year-old Steigmann — whose full life story is detailed on his website here — was invited to speak by the “Jewglers” employee group. A total of 33 people attended the event in-person, and 83 more joined virtually.
Asked how modern-day antisemitism in the U.S. could be stopped, Steigmann replied, “We need to work together and march together against Jew-hatred and hate in general as Jews and those who want to stand with us.”
“It is my hope that young people will unite together and fight Jew-hatred,” he added. “The changes that happen in this world happen because of young people.”
Steigmann’s presentation was well-received, with one online participant commenting, “Thank you so much for your time, Sami. It was truly eye-opening and inspiring to hear your story and perspective. So grateful for this opportunity to hear you speak.”
Steigmann previously visited the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) office in Nashville, Tennessee.
Additional media outlets and companies participating in the initiative include The Dallas Morning News, The Tennessean, The Washington Times, and theSkimm.
Other Holocaust survivors who have shared their testimonies include Toby Levy, Menachem “Mickey” Warshawski, and Maud Dahme.
As the number of survivors with living memory of the Holocaust dwindles with each passing year, the need to enshrine the lessons of the past and pass them down to future generations is only growing more imperative.