Robert Max, forced into labor by Nazis in WWII, to speak at FDU

Madison, NJ (November 3, 2017) — Robert Max, the last living American to have escaped and survived Nazi forced labor, will speak in Lenfell Hall at the Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University on Monday November 13 at 3:30.

Max, 94, is the author of the forthcoming book “The Long March Home: An American Soldier’s Life as a Nazi Slave Laborer.” He will speak about his wartime experiences and then take questions.

Max was captured behind enemy lines by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. As a prisoner, he was not registered as a POW, and was treated in many ways which violated the international laws of the Geneva Convention. He was imprisoned for 68 days. After his daring escape, he spent nearly a year in hospitals. He weighed just 89 pounds when he was admitted, 66 pounds less than when he was captured.

Max, who is Jewish, kept a Star of David on the chain that held his dog tags. But he was able to avoid showing them to the Nazis, and they never found out he was Jewish.

He, along with two other American prisoners, was able to escape from guards while on a forced march. After escaping, the emaciated soldiers were fortunate to find a German family who helped them.

Max has been awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, three Bronze Campaign Battle Stars, and the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal.

This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Library, Office of Veteran Services, and the Office of International Student Services.