The Upstander: How Surviving the Holocaust Sparked Max Glauben’s Mission to Dismantle Hate

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The stench of decay pierced the air aboard the boxcar of trapped Jews. “Why me?” fifteen-year-old Max asked himself, as a convoy rumbled from the Warsaw Ghetto to Majdanek death camp in May 1943.

The Nazis had destroyed the Glauben family’s business, upended their rights, and ultimately decimated their neighborhood. The deluge of questions would only intensify after the Nazis murdered Max’s mother, father, and brother. Max channeled grit, determination, and a fortuitous knack for manufacturing airplane parts to outlast six horrific concentration camps in his quest to survive.

This memoir explores Max’s mischievous childhood and teen years as a go-to ghetto smuggler. Max journeys from displaced person to American immigrant and Korean veteran. He reveals how he ached as he dared to court love and rear children. For decades, he bottled up his trauma. Then he realized: He could transform his pain into purpose.

Infused with raw emotion and vivid detail, historical records and Max’s poignant voice, this memoir relays the true story of the harrowing violence and dehumanization Max endured. It relays Max’s powerful lifetime commitment to actively thwarting hate and galvanizing resilience. Max insists you, too, can transform your adversity into your greatest strength.

In the seventy-five years since his liberation, Max has ceased to ask himself, “Why me?” Instead, he reframes his focus, eager to partner with you and ask: “What can we do next?”

March 23
Post Hill Press
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

JTR5 ,

Outstanding insight to a living hero

Max Glauben is a living, breathing hero walking among us. At over 90 years young his story is one for everyone to understand and reflect on our society and how we treat one another. The author has done an incredible job of taking the reader inside Max’s mind to humanize this unfathomable Holocaust tragedy. How so many millions could be senselessly murdered by a government and its people simply because they were “different” is so difficult to understand but the author and Max illuminate that reality and gives us comfort that these stories told by survivors gives us a chance to keep this dark history from repeating. Thank you both for sharing and bringing this story to us so we can all be educated on this dark period of recent history. I highly recommend this book to all ages. You will be inspired by Max and his incredibly positive attitude about life and the ability to live without hate after undergoing unimaginable atrocity.

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