Max M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3715) interviewed by Eva Bauer and Cathy S. Gelbin
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelsohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
- Interview Date
- June 23, 1996.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Max M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3715). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Max M., who was born in Neutitschein, Czechoslovakia (presently Nový Jičín) in 1920, the oldest of five children. He recalls attending business school; an apprenticeship in Brno; assisting Austrian Jews to escape; German occupation; returning home; destruction of the synagogue on Kristallnacht; his father's arrest; his release after promising to leave; the family's move to Ungarisch Brod (presently Uherský Brod) in January 1939; working with Romanies, one of whom he later encountered in Auschwitz/Birkenau; one brother's arrest; marriage in 1942; choosing not to emigrate to Palestine in order to stay with his family; their deportation to Theresienstadt, then Auschwitz/Birkenau in winter 1943; selection with two brothers for labor (he never saw the rest of his family again); deciding not to commit suicide in order to care for his younger brothers; slave labor; one brother's death in March; assistance from a non-Jewish prisoner-doctor when he was ill; transfer to Warsaw with only non-Polish prisoners and his brother; cleaning the former ghetto; transfer in summer 1944 to Dachau; slave labor in Allach and Karlsfeld for BMW; his brother's transfer in January 1945; reunion with him in Ampfing; liberation by United States troops in April; returning home; marriage to a non-Jew; their daughter's birth; moving to Munich; and working for the Joint.
Mr. M. discusses details of incidents in camps; learning his other brother had perished; many non-Jews who helped him; continuing friendships with fellow prisoners; naming his children for relatives who were killed; his brother's successful career; testifying at war crime trials; his book about his experiences; scars and physical problems resulting from his experiences; and speaking to student groups.