Auschwitz survivor MAX RODRIGUES GARCIA tells his compelling story of surviving Nazi Germany's Concentration and Extermination Camp.
In this unique first-hand account, Rodrigues shares his remarkable story, the loss of his family and his survival of Auschwitz and three other camps. This is not just a story about the past but also a testimony to Max's life today, the influence of which is felt by many generations and even in the lands where he, and so many others, were tormented. Max is an inspiration with his story and his living example.
Garcia, along with his daughter, Priscilla Alden Thwaits Garcia, is the author of Auschwitz, Auschwitz...I Cannot Forget You As Long As I Remain Alive and lectures across the world. An Austrian teacher, who invited Garcia to speak to her class calls the book "a most important and touching testimony for the younger generation to live and learn from." Garcia's book will be available at the Sondheim Ticket Office and at this event. Garcia will take questions from attendees at the conclusion of his presentation.
Max Rodrigues Garcia
Max Rodrigues Garcia, born in Amsterdam in 1924, was a teenager in 1939 when his father believed a major war was about to explode. He felt hopeful that the Germans would bypass Holland as they had during World War I. Unfortunately, he was wrong: Hitler invaded Holland on May 10, 1940, and after several narrow escapes, Max was put on a train to Auschwitz.
After a year in the camp Max developed appendicitis. Nazi doctors allowed his condition to worsen over four days so that a young physician could see the removal of a nearly ruptured appendix. Max was "lucky"; most people who needed surgery were sent to the gas chambers. As the Soviets advanced, they were force-marched towards the German interior. On May 6, 1945, Max was liberated by the U.S. Army at the Ebensee labor camp in Austria.
This lecture isn't just story about the past, it is a testimony to Max's life today, the influence of which is felt by many generations and even in the lands where he, and so many others, were tormented. From tales of cunning within the camps to those of how Max rebuilds his life after liberation, he recounts how the Holocaust could not extinguish his dreams. Max not only survived the concentration camps, but began to rebuild his life the moment the first American tank rolled in, working as an interpreter for his liberators.
Along the way, moved to America and realized the dreams that the Holocaust could not extinguish: serving in the US Counter Intelligence Corps that ferreted out the SS, seeing General George S. Patton in person, having a family and becoming a successful architect in San Francisco.