Holocaust survivor seeks return of stolen teaching materials

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 3:12 PM

DALLAS — Max Glauben worried what he might see when he opened the back door of his 2007 Cadillac.

"I pulled this [seat] down like that, and I said 'Oh my God,'” Glauben said. “There were two bags here."

Inside those bags were medals, mementos, DVDs, and photographs.

They’re priceless to him, but likely worthless to the thieves who broke into Glauben's car outside his home early Wednesday morning.

"The adrenaline just pumps in you,” Glauben said. “After all the things that have been done, I'm capable of doing something that's not kosher to a person who does that to me."

Nazis gathered Max Glauben's family in Poland when he was just a boy. His mother, father, and brother were all executed in German concentration camps during World War II.

Max survived six different camps.

Now, at 86, Glauben volunteers to give a first-hand account of the Holocaust, and he used those materials as visual aids.

"If the person would use it for something, then I'd gladly say I'd kiss them,” he explained. “But what he's going to do is [...] throw it in the trash, which is history going down the drain."

At one time, more than 450 Holocaust survivors lived in North Texas. Today, only about 50 survive. Among them, just a half-dozen — including Glauben — are still able to give their testimony.

Late Friday, the Dallas Holocaust Museum offered a $1,000 reward.

Glauben stills bears the fading tattoo on his wrist of "KL," the German abbreviation for concentration camp.

Though thieves got two bags of his valuables, they cannot take the memory of what he survived.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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