Sam Goldwasser was born in 1928 in Parczew, Poland. He and his siblings, a younger brother and sister, were raised in a kosher family. He lived in the ghetto until 1942, when his parents gave him away to another family in order to keep him safe. In August 1942, his mother and sister were shot in Parczew and his father and brother were deported to Treblinka where they died. Sam went into hiding in the woods near Parczew with other Jews, joining the partisans. He was the leader of his group as he knew those woods very well. His nickname was “Machine Gun.” His group received orders and armies from the Russians; they blew up trains and roads and they fought against Germans and Polish. They were liberated by the Russians in August 1944. Sam joined the Polish police secret services until March 1946. During the same period, he lived in a kibbutz in the Parczew area. Later, he went to a DP camp in Eschwene, Germany, where he remained under a false identity. In June 1948, he came to Montreal by ship via Halifax, as he had an uncle and an aunt here. He got married in 1949 and they had two children and two grand-children. He worked in the needle trade, pre-retiring in 1983.