Sam Ringer

1918 1986
(Pologne) 1918 /   (France) 1986

Son of a dressmaker and of a tailor for theatre costumes, Sam Ringer grows up in Oswiecim that became Auschwitz during the German occupation. Rewarded gymnast, gifted for mechanics, fond of radio, he will create and build during all his life. From very early on, Sam Ringer finds a passion in drawing. 

In 1937, in spite of the anti-Jewish segregation, he is admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts of Krakow.

In 1939, he receives the first prize of drawing. 

The German invasion interrupts his art studies.

In 1940, he is used for the construction of the concentration camp of Auschwitz and deported to Annaberg on the same year. He will successively go through the camps of Sacrau, Mechtal, Markstädt, Fünfteichen, Gross Rosen, Buchenwald, Berg and Elster.

It is only in the camp of Thereseinstädt that Sam Ringer will finally be freed by the Russians in the spring of 1945. Ill, he is taken care of in the hospital of Litomierzyce in Czechoslovakia and then brought back to Krakow where he is accepted in a Jewish hospital. During his recovery period, he enrols for his third year at the same Academy of Fine arts of Krakow.

In 1946, he leaves Poland with the Kibbutz Nilli.

In 1947, he arrives in France to continue his studies at the Fine Arts Academy of Paris for six years. He takes the classes of Souverbie for painting, Camille and Groerg for engraving, and Jaudon for lithography (he receives a first prize of composition).

In 1957, he marries Jeannine, met at the Fine Arts of Paris. They will have two kids.