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Daughter to Relate Story of Father’s Experience as African-American Holocaust Liberator

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 3, 2014

(MAHWAH, NJ) –Rasheeda S. Sampson-Jefferson, singer, actress, dancer, choreographer and adjunct professor of dance at Bloomfield College, will deliver a talk entitled “One of the Black Angels: My Father, A Soldier and Liberator of Buchenwald Concentration Camp”at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, September 11 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion (PAV1).

Ms. Sampson-Jefferson will share the story of how her father, Otto Sampson Sr., an African-American G.I. in the 380th Quartermaster Company of the U.S. 4th Armored Division, came to be one of the liberators of Buchenwald Concentration Camp on April 11, 1945. Her presentation will include excerpts from a 1999 interview that she conducted with her father about his experiences as an African-American soldier and a concentration camp liberator.

She discovered her father’s role in history by chance and through her research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and the Rutgers Oral History Archives at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Sampson-Jefferson has more than 20 years’ experience in the arts, education and business and has taught at Bloomfield College since 2005.

The event is sponsored by The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College.  For more information, visit or call 201.684.7409.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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