Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Max Heller and Trude Schönthal Heller

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Title:
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Max Heller and Trude Schönthal Heller
Interviewer:
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-, Rosenblum, Sandra Lee Kahn
Interviewee:
Heller, Max, 1919-2011, Heller, Trude Schönthal, 1922-
Date:
1997-02-28
Description:
Max and Trude Schönthal Heller discuss growing up in Vienna, Austria, in the 1920s and ’30s, and the hardships and losses their families experienced as a result of the Anschluss, the German invasion of Austria in 1938. They describe how they and their family members escaped Austria and made their separate ways to the United States. Max, by chance, had met Mary Mills of Greenville, South Carolina, while she was visiting Vienna in 1937. He appealed to her for help in leaving Austria. Mary contacted Shep Saltzman, a Jewish man who owned a shirt factory in Greenville, and he sponsored Max’s immigration and gave him a job. Max and Trude, who met at a summer resort in Austria in 1937, married in the United States in 1942, and Trude joined Max in Greenville, where they raised their three children. Max served on Greenville’s city council from 1969-1971, and then was elected mayor for two terms, during which he spearheaded a major revitalization of the city’s downtown.
Collection:
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Heller, Max M. (Max Moses), 1919-2011 -- Interviews, Heller, Trude Schönthal, 1922- -- Interviews
Topical Subject:
Jews -- South Carolina -- Interviews, Jews -- South Carolina -- Greenville -- History, Antisemitism -- Austria -- Vienna -- History, Antisemitism -- South Carolina -- Greenville -- History, Austria -- History -- Anschluss, 1938, Greenville (S.C.) -- Politics and government, Greenville (S.C.) -- Social life and customs, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Jewish businesspeople -- South Carolina -- Greenville –- History, Beth Israel (Greenville, S.C.), Holocaust survivors -- South Carolina -- Greenville -- History, Jews -- Immigrants -- United States -- History, Jewish refugees – Austria
Geographic Subject:
Lowcountry
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-133
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
application/pdf, audio/mpeg
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2011, The College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact The College of Charleston Library, Charleston, SC 29424.