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Oral history interview with Max Edelman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.37.2 | RG Number: RG-50.765.0002

Max Edelman, born in Poland on September 26, 1922, describes his devout Jewish family; being beaten by his peers for being Jewish; experiencing antisemitism from a teacher; how the Nazis arrived in his small town in September 1939 and murdered the rabbi; how his family was moved to the ghetto; being sent to a small concentration camp to work in an airplane factory; conditions in the camp; how on April 8, 1944 he was beaten and left for dead; the loss of his left eye and the injury to his right eye; being helped by his brother and a friend; being moved to Flossenbürg; working in another airplane factory and becoming entirely blind; being protected by his barracks supervisor who created a hiding place for him; being evacuated on April 15, 1945 and sent on a death march; wanting to give up but being convinced by his friend to continue; being liberated by the American Army on April 23, 1945; coming to terms with being blind; becoming a physical therapist at a school for the blind in Germany; getting married; and immigrating to the United States in 1951.

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Max Edelman
interview:  2005 April 05
1 DVD : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Beachwood, Ohio
Record last modified: 2020-07-27 15:22:21
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