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Remembering WWII veteran Sam Shapiro, whose life was captured in "The Great Escape"

An element of Sam Shapiro's life was captured in the film "The Great Escape." But for a Jewish Canadian in a German prisoner of war camp during the Second World War, his true life story might be better titled "The Even Greater Escape."Mr. Shapiro was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force squadron and he survived several years in...
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An element of Sam Shapiro's life was captured in the film "The Great Escape." But for a Jewish Canadian in a German prisoner of war camp during the Second World War, his true life story might be better titled "The Even Greater Escape."

Mr. Shapiro was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force squadron and he survived several years in various PoW camps. Sam Shapiro died in Hamilton on Monday. He was 94.

Mr. Shapiro helped build the tunnels at the Stalag Luft Three camp in East Germany, also known as The Great Escape camp. And despite the war, and despite the camp conditions, he always had Canada - and hockey - close to his heart. We learn more about Canadian WWII veteran Sam Shapiro from his daugther Rhonda Kemeny.

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