SAMMY THE JOURNEY: The DVDs have arrived!

16 Aug
Sammy The Journey DVDs

The DVDs have arrived! Eric Cosh and I are thrilled to announce that our movie, SAMMY THE JOURNEY, is now available to the public. The story and the spirit of a remarkable man, Sam Harris – who I see as a tonic for the soul – was one that Eric and I knew had to be captured immediately and shared with others who had not had the opportunity to spend time with him.

We knew it was possible to get to know Sam through meeting him in a film because, once you listen to him, see him and experience him, you really can get to know him. His genuineness, spontaneity, and optimism, is contagious.

Every now and then, we come across life stories of remarkable individuals that have to be told – that need to be captured in easily communicable ways over distance and time because of the positive and profound affect they can have on the lives of so many. Sam Harris is one such individual. His extraordinary resilience, his endless repository of courage and his remarkable humor in the face of adversity, can change the lives of those fortunate enough to spend time in his company. Now, many viewers will be able to do so. They will see how a terrified child hiding in a concentration camp can become a man who does not hate and who does not have a desire for vengeance. He is an evolved human being who knows, with clarity, that he must tell his story in order to bear witness to what happened, and honor the memories of those who died in the concentration camps – and he also knows that he is a man who is fortunate enough to have the gift of life.

This past year and a half, which included the valuable time spent with Sam, Dede and their family, has, for Eric and me, indeed been ★★★★★ profound ★★★★★ interesting ★★★★★ exciting ★★★★★ enlightening and ★★★★★ memorable. We are grateful.

– Ellen Palestrant

5 Responses to “SAMMY THE JOURNEY: The DVDs have arrived!”

  1. Dede Harris September 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    Sam and I couldn’t have had better talents helping Sam tell his story than Ellen Palestrant and Eric Cosh. Ellen and Eric’s research was impeccable. They both have a real passion for historical truth and were unrelenting verifying every detail in their search for information, photographs, etc. They are true professionals. We are grateful to them both,
    Dede and Sam Harris

    • Ellen Palestrant September 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

      What a pleasure it has been to work with you both – and what a story there was to be told! Thank you for the privilege.


  2. Ethel Gofen September 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    I just watched Sam’s video, and it is a brilliant achievement. I wish everyone in the world could watch it! What a gift to humanity, to history, to the memory of the children who perished in the Holocaust, and what an inspiration to the rest of us. Thank you for such an incredibly moving, informative, personal and unforgettable video. The entire journey has an overwhelming impact. One almost stops breathing while experiencing it.

  3. Filboid Studge September 15, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    This is a gem of a documentary, understated and carefully crafted. In a race against time to document the first hand accounts of now elderly survivors of the holocaust, this record is both important and uplifting. Sam Harris is one of its youngest survivors. The documentary is rich in detail and beautifully executed. His account is told without bitterness or anger and his passion for life, family and community shines through. It is a triumph of the human spirit.

  4. Bobbie Froeberg March 31, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    This DVD is a wonderful companion for the book Sammy the Journey that Sam wrote. Being able to hear him tell his story in person is really special. His journey is inspirational for middle school age kids through adults. Sam has been honored with so many awards which he richly deserves, the latest being the Ellis Island Medal of Honor which recognizes contributions immigrants have made to America and the legacy they left behind in the successes of their children and grandchildren. Sam is in the class of ’58 at Grinnell College in Iowa and I would just like to say that our class is very proud of Sam and his accomplishments. His bravery as a child is exceptional and I wish everyone would read his book or watch his DVD.

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