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Oral history interview with Max Lendner

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.40 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0040

Max Lendner, born in 1929 in Vienna, Austria, describe being the only child of his father, a salesman, and mother, a housewife (he shows a photograph of his family); remembering only a little of the early Nazi period; his normal childhood until the German take over; transferring to a school that had only Jewish students; Jews being encourage to leave the country; Jews being arrested at random and sent to camps but many were soon released; Kristallnacht in November 1938; Nazis entering his grandfather's business and carrying everything away; his father being arrested but then released again; spending his days hiding at a neighbor’s and returning home only at night; antisemitic propaganda on the radio; experiencing antisemitism from Austrians; his father being arrested and taken to Buchenwald, where he died of unknown causes; leaving with his mother for the United States from Italy soon after the war started; his uncle surviving the war; receiving postcards from his father in Buchenwald until 1942; his mother working various jobs in New York, NY; receiving help from relatives and the HIAS; his mother remarrying in 1953; visiting Europe years after the war and how his old neighborhood was unchanged; feeling that his experience affected his personality; growing up without proper direction; being a social worker for Erie County; trying to receive restitution from Germany with the help of a lawyer and finally receiving a settlement; his feelings about Germans and the role of the US in the war; and the importance of keeping record of what happened during the Holocaust.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Max Lendner
Mrs. Toby Back
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:08
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