Auschwitz survivor Max Rodrigues Garcia tells his story

Auschwitz survivor Max Rodrigues Garcia told his compelling story of survival at Black Hawk College on April 8, 2014.

You can watch the video of his presentation here.

Max Rodrigues Garcia was a teenager in Amsterdam in 1939. Max’s father believed a major war was about to explode. He felt hopeful that the Germans would bypass Holland as they had during World War I. Unfortunately, he was wrong: Hitler invaded Holland on May 10, 1940, and after several narrow escapes, Max was put on a train to Auschwitz.

Max not only survived the concentration camps, but began to rebuild his life the moment the first American tank rolled in, working as an interpreter for his liberators.

Max later moved to America and realized the dreams that the Holocaust could not extinguish: having a family and becoming a successful architect in San Francisco.

This presentation was funded by a grant from the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Foundation.

Last updated 10/6/2014