FORT WORTH -- World War II stole Max Glauben's youth.
At age 10, Glauben's childhood was interrupted by the hatred perpetrated against Jewish people by the Nazis. His family moved into the Warsaw Ghetto, and later he was forced into labor. He was on a death march to the Dachau concentration camp when the U.S. Army liberated him in 1945.
Today, Glauben shares his history with younger generations so they will understand the horror and belittling of people.
"We were in our darkest days in history," said Glauben, 83, a life member of the board of directors of the Dallas Holocaust Museum.
Glauben, a resident of Dallas and veteran of the Korean War, will be the featured speaker today at Texas Christian University during its annual Holocaust Museum presented by the campus chapter of Hillel. He will talk and take questions from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Brown-Lupton University Union.
Glauben said he finds that young people are very receptive to themes of tolerance, empathy and perseverance.
"They sympathize with the people who perished," Glauben said. "I get many hugs or handshakes or blessings after one finishes speaking."
Glauben lived at the Warsaw Ghetto for three years, according to his biography. When the ghetto was destroyed by Nazis, Glauben and his family were transported in boxcars to gas chambers and crematoriums. Only Glauben and his father survived that tragedy.
Glauben was 19 when he came to New York. He later moved to Atlanta and finally settled in Dallas.
Even though the Nazis took his youth, Glauben said, a "higher power" gave it back to him later in life.
"I missed all my youth, but I gained great, great experience," Glauben said.
Diane Smith, 817-390-7675