Max Edelman, 87, speaks to a group of eighth-grade students
Polish jew Max Edelman says he spent time in several German camps during the war.
He claims he was blinded due to a vicious beating from camp guards, who beat him for no other reason than pure "sport."
Even though, as the story goes, a blind inmate would have been immediately sent to the ovens, "somehow" Edelman managed to survive. It was a miracle.
Just prior to his liberation, Max was taken on an eight-day forced death march without food or water. Miraculously, he survived this too.
The one harrowing experience Max can't get rid of is one night when the Germans had a party, and for entertainment had a German shepherd attack and kill a camp inmate by tearing his throat to pieces.
From then on, Max was deathly afraid of dogs. This prevented him from getting a guide dog for years until he finally mustered the courage and got his own guide dog, Calvin, a chocolate Lab.
After the war, Max experienced guilt "for his survival." But somehow he coped.
Edelman emigrated to the United States in 1951, found a job as a X-ray darkroom technician, and now, of course, tells his Holocaust story to young children. He speaks two or more times a week, after decades of silence.
Article #1: "Blinded by Nazis, guided by a dog"
Article #2: Judicial-Inc's thoughts...
A Blind Jew In A Death Camp
I sort of think that if you were a blind Jew in a 'Death Camp', you would be in an oven in 15 seconds. So maybe Max is stretching the truth, or maybe there were no 'Death Camps', or both.
Article #3: Extended version of Max's tale
VIDEO: Max Edelman speaks to local students
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