Holocaust survivor Max Glauben said he believed Holocaust survivors were left behind to tell a story.
Glauben shared his story Tuesday night and included memories of concentration camps and his moment of liberation, at TCU’s annual Holocaust Museum. Hillel, the organization for Jewish campus life at TCU, has organized the museum for four consecutive years.
A press release for the event defined the Holocaust as the genocide of approximately 6 million European Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II. Other victims of the Holocaust included Soviets, the Roma, the disabled and political or religious dissidents, according to the release.
Glauben recalled the conditions and trials he lived through when he and his family were transported to the barracks of a concentration camp in the Warsaw Ghetto.
“Conditions were real bad because we didn’t have any water, and there were all kinds of diseases imaginable to man,” Glauben said. “If a person was allowed to live in the Warsaw Ghetto, he would get a ration of 180 calories a day.”
Since Glauben was extremely mechanically inclined, he was put to work as a pattern maker and was transferred to different German concentrations camps regularly, he said.
“The brutality of the commander determined how we were treated in the camps,” he said.
Glauben was separated form his mother and brothers early on, and later lost his father when he was singled out with 12 others to be shot.
Glauben said after being in the hellish Flossenburg concentration camp in Germany, he was liberated with eight other children by the U.S Army on April 16th, 1945.
He was put in a displaced persons camp, and said it was like being in heaven because he received food, clothes and shelter.
“I got food and became a human being again after being treated like an animal,” Glauben said.
Laura Kelly, a junior education major, said she attended the event because she went on a Holocaust trip when she was in high school. She had seen all the camps and wanted to hear a survivor’s story.
Kelly said the topic that stood out to her the most about Glauben’s talk was that his skill in machinery saved his life.