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Oral history interview with Max Heller

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

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

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.

Interviewee
Max Heller
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1998 September 24  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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