Holocaust survivor shares story with Lamar County students

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PARIS, TX-- Students from North Lamar and Prairiland High School's listened to a Holocaust survivor's testimony Wednesday.

85 year old Max Glauben was 11 years old when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. That's when his journey for survival began.

"You knew that there was war with bombings and other things, but it wasn't until troops actually came in and that was about October 2nd, said Holocaust survivor Max Glauben."

Max lived in Warsaw Poland. He saw the ghetto's uprising and decimation before being placed in five different concentration camps.

Glauben says, "you never knew where you were but we were extremely mistreated."

He was separated from his mom and brother when they were sent to the gas chambers, and credits his father for saving his life.

"My dad then reached out and grabbed my hand and said stay with me."

Max's dad was killed at the second concentration camp, but he never lost hope. He says he was motivated by the power of prayer.

"They came true all these years and I'm still here. I strongly believe in God more than ever because I'm here for a reason."

Max was at North Lamar High School Wednesday telling his story to students. Many of them said it was an experience they will never forget.

"When someone actually talks about it and you hear what they went through it makes you have such a great respect for them, said North Lamar Student Brittany Birch.

Kenzie Jackson from Prairiland High School said, "I got chills listening to him. It's kind of a slap in the face because we don't realize how good we have it."

Max was liberated by the U.S. Army in 1945, and sent to the U.S. in 1947 as an orphan. He later joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Hood.

Max now lives in Dallas with his wife. He has three children and seven grandchildren.