Part Two Of An Archive Interview With Samuel Pisar

Aug 21, 2015

This interview was originally broadcast in November, 2005.

If you heard last week's Reader's Corner, you heard part one of a riveting interview with Samuel Pisar.  One of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust, Mr. Pisar went on to become a world-renowned international lawyer and an adviser to President John F. Kennedy. Pisar died July 27th, 2015 in New York City at the age of 86, just a few weeks before the world paused to remember the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.  You can read the New York Times obituary for Samuel Pisar here.

Sam Pisar visited Boise State in 2005 as a featured speaker at the university’s Frank Church Conference on Public Affairs.   Mr. Pisar made time available to be a guest on Reader's Corner and though the interview was intended to last 30 minutes, we extended it another half hour to allow him to finish telling his extraordinary story. Today we’re airing the second half of that conversation in this encore presentation.

In the first part of the interview, Mr. Pisar described how he managed to survive the Nazi death camps and ultimately escape. In this concluding segment, he discusses how he rebuilt his life after the war ended, his later work as an international lawyer, and his concerns about the growing threat of global terrorism.