Dr William Samelson, was born in Poland, and lived there until the age of ten, when he was interned in various Nazi labor and concentration camps throughout Poland and Germany. He was a member of the Polish partisans at the age of thirteen. Captured by the Nazis, he was taken to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp where he spent three and a half years. He was liberated by the U.S. Army in April 1945. After six month in the Municipal Hospital at Borna, Germany, he has recaptured his interrupted six and a half years education within 16 months at the Realialgymnasium am Zietenring in Wiesbaden, and with his angelic, almost blind tutor Paula Kaiser, and two semesters of study at the University of Heidelberg (1947) under the aegis of the Existential Philosopher Karl Jaspers. William Samelson emigrated to the U.S. in 1948. While completing his M.A. degree in Germanic and Comparative Literature studies 1951, his education was again interrupted when invited into the service of the U.S.A. Army during the Korean War.
Dr Samelson holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and has taught at Kent State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana and the University of Texas at Austin. He was Visiting Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Texas in San Antonio and Trinity University. Dr Samelson has written extensively on the World War II Holocaust, combating genocide, and lectured widely on a variety of topics relating to them.
Among his many publications are All Lie in Wait, One Bridge to Life, Warning and Hope and series of 6 volumes of English as Second Language texts, which have undergone a second edition. (List of the Works by Dr Samelson is attached herewith.)
The Federal Republic of Germany honored Dr Samelson in 1970 for his contributions to German letters. He served as ESL Consultant in the Dominican Republic. His books are used in colleges and universities throughout the world. He was consultant and translator at the Mazal Holocaust Library and a board member of The Holocaust History Project, Inc. He was Contributing Editor of The Voice of Piotrków Survivors.
Dr Samelson was awarded the Americanism Medal by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He was awarded the Piper Professorship as the outstanding teacher of Texas colleges and Universities. He has been honored with an Honorary Citizenship of Texas and appointed Admiral of the Texas Navy by the Texas Legislature and Governor John Connally in 1965. He is listed in numerous scholarly publications, and his credits include: “The Directory of American Scholars, Man of Achievement Award as well as in many “Who’s is Who” publications.
Dr Samelson has lectured and conducted many discussion/workshops throughout the U.S. and in numerous foreign countries. Notably, he has lectured to the US Military on various topics.