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Since my liberation from Dachau in 1945, I intended to write of my experiences during the Holocaust but always found reasons not to do it. Perhaps, deep in my soul, I did not want to confront the demons of Auschwitz/Birkenau and Dachau.

It wasn’t until late in 1997 that a good friend, who had made several previous offers to help with the book, finally said, “Sam, if you’re really serious about writing your book, it’s time to get going. I will set aside a couple of mornings each week to interview you on tape and then transcribe the tapes on my computer. We’ll start on it tomorrow morning.”

I knew that he probably would not offer again, so the next morning I showed up at his office and started talking. This book is the result of those lengthy and sometimes very painful talks.

To my good friend, Andrew M. Casey, I say “thank you” for your patience, understanding and wholehearted support during this very emotional project.

I also express deep appreciation to my dear friend, Kathleen Anderson, for her excellent suggestions.

You have made this book a reality, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.