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Max Mannheimer was born in Neutitschein (present-day Czech Republic) in 1920 and was a salesman by trade. After the occupation of Sudetenland he migrated to Ungarisch-Brod, was deported to Auschwitz in 1943, transferred to Warsaw as a “Jewish worker” and came to Dachau in 1944. He was liberated on April 30, 1945 by American troops. As one of Germany's most active and vocal witnesses to the Nazi era (Zeitzeugen), Mannheimer received numerous honors and awards for his humanitarian work. He lived in a suburb of Munich until his death in 2016. 

Mannheimer was also active as a visual artist under the pseudonym ben jakov. His paintings were published in a volume by Hirmer Verlag. Click here to view

Watch excerpts from Dachauer Dialoge - a film that features Max Mannheimer in conversation with Sister Elija Bossler:

 

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Oskar Maria Graf (1894-1967) was born in Berg on Starnberg Lake in Bavaria, Germany. His writings are mostly autobiographical recounting his upbringing in a large baker's family and his struggles to establish himself as a writer. In addition to works such as We Are Prisoners (1927) and The Life of My Mother (1940), he is perhaps most well known for his appeal "Verbrennt Mich!" (Burn Me!) published in Vienna's Arbeiterzeitung. Upon learning that his books were not included in the Nazi book burning taking place in May 1933, he issued this call to distance himself from the Nazi Party's embrace of his writings, thus initiating his own self-exile from Germany.

Lion Feuchtwanger(1884-1958), born in Munich, was raised in an observant Jewish and patriotic German household. He studied German history and began writing plays and stories at age 19. Most of his novels took historical themes.

After serving in the German army during World War I, Feuchtwanger's writing took a leftist political turn. His 1930 novel Erfolg (Success) provided a thinly veiled criticism of the Beer Hall Putsch and Hitler's rise to leadership in the Nazi Party. Feuchtwanger's Jewishness, the Jewish themes of his early fiction, and his close association with Bertolt Brecht were among the causes for his persecution. After the Nazi takeover on January 30, 1933, his house in Berlin was illegally searched and his invaluable library plundered by the Nazis during his lecture tour in the United States.

1933 was an eventful year for Feuchtwanger. All of his works were burned in the book burnings of May, and his anti-Nazi novel The Oppermans was published in Amsterdam and became a huge success. In the same year, Feuchtwanger moved to the south of France where he remained an adamant opponent of the Nazi regime. His popular 1925 work Jud Süss, about an eighteenth-century court Jew, was used by the Nazis for a 1939 antisemitic propaganda film of the same name. After the Germans invaded France in 1940, Feuchtwanger was detained in the Les Milles internment camp.

His wife organized his escape with the help of US Consuls Hiram Bingham and Miles Standish as well as US citizens Varian Fry and the Reverend Waitstill Sharp. Feuchtwanger ultimately found asylum in the United States. In 1941 he settled in southern California, where he continued to write until his death in 1958. 

Source: Holocaust Encyclopedia, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/lion-feuchtwanger