SUMMIT, NJ - Local businessman Bob Max did not speak much about his experiences as a soldier in World War II until his grandsons began asking questions and then, gradually, he began to open up about the horrific things he witnessed and suffered when he was captured by the Nazis and forced into slave labor.
Eventually, the Summit resident became determined to record his memories of captivity and escape for future generations, for whom this part of the story of Nazi Germany is not well known. The result is Max's recently-published memoir, "The Long March Home: An American Soldier's Life as a Nazi Slave Laborer."
Max will tell some of the stories from his memoir at a book signing on April 8 at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit. Brunch will be served at 10:30 a.m., followed by the presentation and book signing. Books are available from the publisher, Hellgate Press, and multiple online retailers. Admission is free.
Congregation Beth Hatikvah is located at 36 Chatham Road.