The survival of a Jew from Radom during the Shoah - Szyja Opatowski
Szyja Opatowski, nicknamed Samy, was 17 when the German troops invaded Poland in September 1939. For this young Jew, a long fight for survival began, a struggle at every moment to escape extermination.
From April 1940, Samy was deported to Belzec, then a labour camp at the frontier of the Soviet Union. There, his analytical skills, his resourcefulness and extraordinary instinct enabled him to get out, without compromise.
On one of the "death marches" starting out from Dachau, he succeeded in escaping. He was taken in for two days in a civilian
home before being liberated by the Americans…accompanied by German army deserters.