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The Long March Home: An American Soldier’s Life as a Nazi Slave Laborer

Local Author, Believed to be Last Surviving Nazi Slave Laborer, to Speak at Summit Free Public Library

Local author Robert Max, believed by historians to be the last living American soldier to have survived Nazi slave labor during WWII, will speak on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 7 pm. at the Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple St.,

His memoir, The Long March Home: An American Soldier’s Life as a Nazi Slave Laborer was released in November 2017 by Oregon-based publisher Hellgate Press. It is available for loan through the Summit Free Public Library.

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Captured behind enemy lines during the Battle of the Bulge, then forced to march hundreds of miles and to repair bombed-out railroad tracks in bitter winter cold, Mr. Max, who was 21 years old at the time, endured months without a coat, gloves, or any shelter at night, until—severely ill and emaciated at 89 pounds—he led a daring escape and was rescued by American liberators. 

After Mr. Max’s liberation and a lengthy hospitalization in Europe and the US, he dedicated his life to working for charitable and humanitarian causes. His life story is recorded and preserved in both the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

At age 94, he speaks regularly about his wartime experience to students and educators. The library talk is free and open to the public. Young adults are encouraged to come and experience one of the last living survivors to tell the story. For more information and to register, please call the Information Desk at 908-273-0350, ext. 3 or visit


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