was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1916 and spent many vacations with
her mother’s side of the family in Paris. While still in high
school, she met her husband-to-be, Henry, a brilliant electronics
and acoustical engineering student at the M.I.T. of Switzerland, when
he became a boarder in her parents’ apartment. Fay grew up to
become a dentist. During all of WWII, Henry was essentially trapped
in Switzerland and life was not easy for them there. It took nine
years for the Swiss government to allow them to marry. It was not
until the end of WWII that she and Henry and their six-month-old son
finally received visas to come to America. The Samulons lived on the
east coast for several years where their second son was born, and
in 1956, moved to Los Angeles. Henry died in 1997 and Fay still lives
in the first house they bought in Pacific Palisades. She is the proud
grandmother of five. She remains politically active in The League
of Women Voters, takes several university courses, and teaches English
to Russian immigrants.
went on inside this so-called “neutral Country of Transit”
for Jewish refugees has remained hidden all these years. Fay has gathered
the courage to tell the truth in her story.
LISA-CATHERINE COHEN, born in Toronto, Canada,
is an internationally known lyricist and writer. She attended Northwestern
University and graduated from the University of Southern California’s
Film and Television Department. As a songwriter, Ms. Cohen has garnered
two platinum albums and three number-one hits. Many of her songs
have been heard in films and television shows. Lisa-Catherine has
been was a resident of Los Angeles since her university days. She
works with clients in both L.A. and her native Canada.
she is a non-fiction author and biographer and a published editor.
She also facilitates workshops called “Guided Autobiography™”
that aid people in writing their life stories, and speaks publicly
about its importance and benefits. Her mentor, Dr. James E. Birren,
the “Father of Gerontology in North America” who created
this system, contributed the foreword to this book. When she met
Fay Samulon in late 1998, Lisa-Catherine was fascinated by the story
of Fay’s life. And thus, this book was born.