Sam Heider interview for the Faces of the Holocaust Series

Streaming Media

Creation Date



MS-215: Emmanuel Ringelblum Collection


Sam Heider was born in 1924 in the small village of Biejkow, one of six children of Yankel and Chaja Hajder. Unlike most Polish Jews, the Hajders had been farmers for generations and owned their own land. In 1941 the farm was confiscated by the German occupation forces, and the family moved to the ghetto in nearby Bialobrzegi. In 1942 the ghetto was liquidated and Sam's parents went to their deaths at Treblinka. Sam escaped because he had already been sent to a work camp at Radom. All he had left of his family was a photograph of his sister, which remarkably he was able to keep with him by hiding it under his arm, even in the showers. He still has the photograph. This interview is from the Faces of the Holocaust, a series created as a classroom resource and curriculum supplement.


Sam Heider


Renate Frydman

Document Type

Oral History


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