Thief Steals Holocaust Survivor’s Mementos, Not Memories

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Max Glauben's personal mementos from his time in five concentration camps were stolen this week. (YouTube screenshot)

Max Glauben’s personal mementos from his time in five concentration camps were stolen this week. (YouTube screenshot)

Max Glauben lost his family in the Holocaust, and now a thief has stolen some of the only items he has from that dark period of his life. USA Today reported earlier this week Glauben’s car was broken into while parked in front of his Dallas, Texas home. Thieves took two leather satchels containing materials he uses as visual teaching aids in speaking engagements about his Holocaust experience.

The bags, which Glauben had placed in the vehicle’s trunk, held items of no monetary value, but of great sentimental value. Among them were medals, mementos, photos and DVDs — including a film clip the Nazis took of Glauben in 1940.

Paula Nourse, director of marketing and communication at the Dallas Holocaust Museum told The Times of Israel that one of the museum’s supporters has pledged $1,000 reward for the safe return of Glauben’s materials. The museum will accept the returned stolen items, no questions asked.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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