Max Eisen

“My first experience on the March of the Living was with my granddaughter in 1998. I was scared and nervous and not sure what to expect. I have learned first hand that without history there is no memory, and without memory there is no future. This is why we need the March of the Living, to continue to educate and teach all future generations.”

Max Eisen was born in 1929, in Moldava, former Czechoslovakia. Max had two brothers and a younger sister. In spring 1939, Max and his family were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Max worked in slave labour with his father and uncle, but in September 1944, the two were selected out, leaving Max alone. One day, after being sent to the Auschwitz hospital with a severe beating, he was operated on by the camp surgeon, Dr. Tadeusz Orzeszko, a polish political prisoner. All patients who could not return to work were being taken to Birkenau and gassed. Dr. Orzeszko removed Max from his stretcher and made him clean the floor of the operating room, effectively saving his life. Max survived a death march to Mauthausen, Melk and Ebensee. He was liberated by the US Army on May 6, 1945. Max arrived in Canada on October 25, 1949, and then moved to Toronto. He married Ivy Cosman. They have two children, two grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren.