Around the Town: TCU Holocaust Museum, Tzedakah Sunday

By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Glauben featured speaker at TCU’s Annual Holocaust Museum

Max Glauben will be the featured speaker at 6:30 p.m., April 6 when TCU presents its annual Holocaust Museum, April 6-8.
Admission to all events is free, and limited free parking is available across the street from the Union, which is located at 2901 Stadium Drive. Glauben last spoke at the TCU Holocaust Museum on April 12, 2011.
He has been profiled in the TJP numerous times. He is an active volunteer in the Dallas Jewish community and for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. He continually lectures on the Holocaust in schools, churches, colleges and various organizations and institutions.
Last February, he was the subject of a number of local news stories when his car was broken into and artifacts he uses for his presentations were stolen. They were not returned.
Glauben was born in 1928 in Warsaw, Poland. He attended an ATID school until his education was interrupted in 1939, when he and his family were forced into the Warsaw Ghetto.
He lived there for three years until the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. After the Nazis destroyed the ghetto, he and his family were transported via boxcars to the Majdanek gas chambers and crematoriums, where most of his family perished. Only Max and his father were selected for slave labor or Budzyn Concentration Camp. After three weeks, his father was killed. Max was sent to Mielec, Wieliczka and Flossenburg concentration camps.
On April 23, 1945, while Max was on a death march to Dachau from Flossenburg, he was liberated by a Jewish soldier in the United States Army. In December 1947, at the age of 19, he came to New York, then later to Atlanta, Georgia.
He was drafted into the United States Army in 1951. He received basic training at Fort Hood, where he served his two-year tour of duty during the Korean War. In 1953 he received an honorable discharge and settled in Dallas, where he married Frieda Gappelberg.
He worked at Neiman Marcus and Southwest Toys until he joined as a partner at Imperial Garment Supply and National Embroidery Inc. He retired at the age of 75.
He is an active member of Congregation Shearith Israel and a life member of its brotherhood. He is a past recipient of Shearith’s Torah Fund award.
Max is a member of the Jewish War Veterans, an associate member of the Dallas chapter of Hadassah and a life member of the board of directors of the Dallas Holocaust Museum. He received Hadassah’s Myrtle Wreath Award in 1989 for his humanitarian work on behalf of the Holocaust.
He has completed a documentary, Plagues of the Soul, to be used as a teaching aid. Max has accompanied Yavneh high school students on the March of the Living for nine of the past 10 years and plans to go again this year.
Max and Frieda have two sons and a daughter, and seven grandchildren.

Photo: TJP Staff Compassionate Fort Worth Cantor Shoshana Abrams Kaikov leads the Congregation Ahavath Sholom Youth Choir at Compassionate Fort Worth.

Make, answer the call on Tzedakah Sunday

Sunday, April 12 is a big day for the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County!
The Federation’s annual Tzedakah Sunday call-a-thon will take place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. By picking up the phone, you will help answer the needs of the Jewish world. Later that evening, you won’t want to miss the Community Campaign Event and dessert reception at 7 p.m. at Colonial Country Club, featuring Mega Mentalist Sidney Friedman. Friedman has been seen on shows such as ABC’s 20/20, NBC’s Today Show and Fox News. Forbes magazine has called him the “Mentalist to the Stars.” Sidney has astounded audiences throughout the country. Cost to attend is a pledge to the Federation Annual Campaign by the end of the evening. The campaign event is co-chaired by Irwin and Lea Ann Blum and David and Elisa Nudleman.
To volunteer for Tzedakah Sunday and/or RSVP for Sidney Friedman, please call the Federation office at 817-569-0892 or email

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