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Max M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3715) interviewed by Eva Bauer and Cathy S. Gelbin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3715

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.

Author/Creator
M., Max, 1920-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelsohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
Interview Date
June 23, 1996.
Language
German
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4298788
Record last modified: 2016-04-18 13:36:00
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