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Oral history interview with Max Heller

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0216 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0395

Max Heller, born on May 28, 1919 in Vienna, Austria, describes growing up in an Orthodox family; his exposure to antisemitism and hearing his mother’s stories about the pogroms she had experienced in Poland; graduating from gymnasium, beginning work, and attending business school; meeting his future wife Trude and an acquaintance named Mary Mills on a family vacation in 1937; not being afraid of Hitler until the Anschluss and the immediate implementation of anti-Jewish laws; his family’s desire to leave the country; visiting the United States consulate to obtain a visa and to write to Mary Mills; Mary’s work to obtain visas and positions for Max and his sister in a shirt factory in the United States; immigrating to the US four months after the Anschluss; beginning his work almost as soon as he arrived in the US; receiving a telegram in November 1938 with news that his parents had been given visas by the US Embassy and would be arriving in New York; Trude’s immigration to the United States and starting work at the shirt factory in 1940; his marriage to Trude in 1942 and having three children; and serving as the mayor of his city and as the Chairman of State Economic Development.

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Heller, Max
Goldman, Randy Meg
interview:  1998 September 24
Oral histories.
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:53:47
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