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CABS - Jori Epstein: The Upstander: How Surviving the Holocaust Sparked Max Glauben's Mission to Dismantle Hate
Holocaust survivor Max Glauben is on a mission—to outlast hate, to preserve memory, and to compel the world to embrace tolerance.

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?”

Oct 26, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jori Epstein
Jori Epstein is a sports reporter for USA TODAY. She crafts feature, investigative, news and analysis coverage focusing on the Dallas Cowboys and National Football League. Prior to joining USA TODAY in 2018, she worked for The Dallas Morning News, Sports Illustrated and the Philadelphia Daily News. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas in 2016 with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors. Her thesis—“Uncovering the Street Newspaper Movement: Faces and Strategies of a Hidden Journalism”—received recognition as one of 15 model theses among more than 150 honors graduates. Jori met Holocaust survivor Max Glauben in 2012, when they traveled together on the March of the Living, a worldwide Holocaust education and remembrance program. Jori remembers sitting on the wooden-planked floors of a barrack in Majdanek death camp. This was the very camp to which the Nazis had deported Max, and in which they killed his mother and brother.