FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Thursday was a somber day on Fort Hood as the men and women on post paid homage to the victims of the Holocaust.
The event, “Days of Remembrance” took place in the Phantom Warrior Center.
The guest speaker of the event was Holocaust survivor Max Glauben.
He was born in 1928 in Warsaw, Poland.
At the age of 15, Max was placed in the Warsaw Ghetto with his family until they were moved to the Madjanek Gas Chambers following an uprising.
His mother and brother were killed there in the genocide.
However, Max and his father were selected to work as slave laborers at the Bduzyn Concentration Camp.
“My father, grabbing my hand, made me go with him to a camp that he was selected for- a labor camp,” says Glauben.
“He was killed in that camp three weeks later.”
Max was then sent to the Mielec, Wieliczka, and Flossenburg Concentration Camps.
On April 23, 1945, he was part of the Dachau Death March when the U.S. Army liberated him and his fellow prisoners.
He then came to New York under the Orphan Act where he was placed in an orphanage in the Bronx before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia.
He was drafted in 1951, and served in the army before moving to Texas where he met his wife.
“I was proud and very grateful for the liberation,” he says.
“A country adopted me as their son and give me full citizenship- only a person that doesn't know what human rights are would not fight for his country!”
He is happy to return to Fort Hood where he served 64 years ago.
He believes it’s important to tell his story to prevent the darkest days of history from repeating.
“We need to be upstanders not bystanders…” says Glauben.
“Not physically but verbally protest anything that doesn't sound good for the goodness of the United States. We are not Republicans we are not Democrats- we are all citizens of the United States and we should act like it.”
Max is a member of the Jewish War Veterans, Associate of the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah and a lifetime member of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Holocaust Museum. He currently lectures on the Holocaust at schools, churches, colleges and various other organizations and Institutes.