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Oral history interview with Max Heller

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1263.15 | RG Number: RG-50.166.0015

Max Heller, born in Vienna, Austria in 1919, discusses his childhood in Vienna; his parents and sister; his father’s business; being raised Orthodox Jewish; the prevalence of antisemitism; attending school; political turmoil in 1938; the German takeover and the forcing of Jews to clean streets; the immediate changes; the assistance that he received from Mary Mills and Mr. Salzburg of Greenville, SC, to immigrate to the United States in 1938; going with his sister to the US in July 1938; their arrival in New York, NY; his impressions of South Carolina; being warmly welcomed in Greenville; his parents’ arrival in the US; getting married in 1942; his children and grandchildren; the lack of knowledge in Greenville about the war; antisemitism in Greenville; beginning to feel like an American; his business and political career; and his reflections on race relations in South Carolina.

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Max Heller
Richard Irwin
interview:  1991 September 19
1 videotape reel (1" Type C) : sound, color ; 1 in..