Brooklyn Holocaust Survivor Celebrates His 104th Birthday
Samuel Schanzer, who lives in Bensonhurst, is a Holocaust survivor. He escaped a forced-labor salt mine in Wieliczka, Poland in 1944. He lost his parents, cousins, aunts, and uncles to the Nazi genocide campaign against Jews in Europe. He hid from the Germans until the Russians liberated the territory from Hitler’s occupation.
Whether it’s genetic longevity or a certain hardiness acquired by a history of struggle, Mr. Schanzer exemplifies the journey of the day-by-day. His simple recipe for living can serve as a proverbial fountain of youth: take things one step at a time, and cherish life’s precious moments and blessings.