Max Freilich papers
Images, correspondence, and newspaper clippings of Max Freilich, a German Kindertransport refugee interned in England and Canada. The Kindertransport was a rescue mission to send Jewish children out of continental Europe in 1938 and 1939, prior to the outbreak of war. Materials relate to the Freilich family's persecution in Nazi Germany, Freilich's rescue by the Kindertransport, subsequent internment in English and Canadian internment camps, and service in the Canadian army. The collection also includes images of Freilich and family members, and a videocassette of a short television interview with Freilich and American liberator Paul Bridges, recorded in 1998.
- Freilich, Max, 1924- (Person)
Language of Material
Materials in English and German
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Max Freilich was born in February 1924 in Altenburg, Germany, where he lived until his departure for England on August 8, 1939, with the Kindertransport. In 1940, Freilich was arrested as part of an English policy to detain all German males aged 16 and older living within the British Isles. Freilich was sent to internment camps in Liverpool and on the Isle of Man in Great Britain, then to Canadian internment camps in New Brunswick and Sherbrooke, Quebec. He was released in September 1942 and began learning the trade of tool and die making, as well as English, which had not been necessary among the German speakers in the camps.
In 1944, Freilich joined the Canadian army and volunteered for overseas duty in England, Holland, and Germany as a German interpreter. During this time, he learned of his parents' deaths at Auschwitz and Dachau. In August 1945, Freilich traveled to Nuremberg where he obtained tickets to two sessions of the war crime trials. In 1950, Freilich was reunited with his brother and sister in London, England.
0.25 linear feet (4 folders, 1 videocassette)
Images, correspondence, and newspaper clippings of Max Freilich, a German Kindertransport refugee interned in England and Canada. Materials relate to the Freilich family's persecution in Nazi Germany, Freilich's rescue by the Kindertransport, subsequent internment in English and Canadian internment camps, and service in the Canadian army. The collection also includes images of Freilich and family members.
Materials are described at the folder level.
Materials donated in 2004 by Max Freilich.
Processed by Rebecca McClure, February 2011.
- Freilich, Max, 1924-
- Germans -- Canada -- Evacuation and relocation, 1939-1943
- Germans -- Great Britain -- Evacuation and relocation, 1940-1945
- Holocaust survivors -- Germany
- Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
- Kindertransports (Rescue operations) -- Great Britain
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Canada
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Great Britain
- black-and-white negatives
- clippings (information artifacts)
- digital images
- Inventory of the Max Freilich Papers, 1925-2005
- Processed by: Rebecca McClure; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rebecca McClure
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- Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.