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Max Boldes

Birthplace: Leszno, Leszno County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Death: March 28, 1943 (63)
Braslaŭ, Braslaw District, Vitebsk Province, Belarus (Murdered by the Nazis)
Immediate Family:

Son of Adolph Boldes and Fredericka Boldes
Husband of Else Boldes
Father of Heinz Boldes and Ruth Boldes
Brother of Lina Preis and Gustaw Boldes

Occupation: fleischermeister
Managed by: Dan Berwin Brockman
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About Max Boldes

Transcription of a personal letter to a relative of Max's.

"Today I want to make good my promise namely telling you little bit about the Berwin family. Around 1884 Adolph Berwin married Anna nee Greifenhagen in Bomst Province Posen (Germany). Their two sons namely Martin (Martin Berwin was born April 6, 1886 in Bomst) and Rudolf (Rudolph Berwin was born April 17, 1884 in Lissa) and a daughter Else (my mother) were born (Else Berwin Boldes was born April 19, 1890 in Bomst). Adolph was a Mazzoh baker in Bomst. In the beginning of 1891 the Berwin family moved to Wollstein in Posen which is about 70 km away from Bomst. There they opened a fabric store. Three more sons were born; they were Alex, Gerhard and Heinrich. It must have been a beautiful family. The boys were tall and handsome and Else was also tall and a stunning beauty. Everyone has schooling and loved music. As much as I remember Gerhard and Heinrich knew some Latin.

In 1913 Else married Max Boldes and moved to Lissa in Posen where Max had his own business. (The) Four sons and my father were serving in the Army during the First World War. They were fighting for "Kaiser and Vaterland and the thanks of the Vaterland were them assured." Heinrich was too young. (Heinz was born in 1913 and died in 1993 in Toronto)

Rudolph, a tall and handsome lad, was seriously wounded in a battle near Arras in Belgium. He had lost a leg and had to have some artificial ribs. At home the newspaper spoke about him as the hero of the town. He must have married Emma nee Suess near the end of the war. He had moved to Munich were he had a ladies coat factory. In Munich Kurt, (your Father){Died 1985} was born. I remember what a beautiful and happy youngster he was-how everyone talked about him. He helped his father every day to attach the artificial leg and everybody was praising the boy's talent to entertain people with his dance of the Schulplatter and his accordion. (In) 1919 Wollstein and Lissa became part of Poland and the Berwin family moved to Berlin. The Boldes family moved down from Lissa to Fraustadt, which was only 25 km from Lissa. (In) 1920 I was lucky enough to receive a sister Ruth (Ruth Boldes was born March 19. 1920 in Fraustadt) in Fraustadt.

In Berlin, Martin married Lima nee Wollsteiner and opened up a ladies store in Berlin-New koln. Alex, who had a fabric's store together with his father, married Berta nee Suess, a sister of your Grandmother Emma. They were blessed with a beautiful daughter Tilly. Gerhard was first together win business with Heinrich. Later he married Erna nee Seeliger and had a lovely boy Alfred (Freddy). They opened a restaurant in Berlin-Weissensee near the Jewish cemetery. Heinrich never married. In 1927 we lost my Grandfather (Adolph Berwin). He is resting in the Jewish cemetery in Berlin-Weissensee. In 1930 or 1931 my grandmother Anna Berwin followed her husband and she too is resting on the cemetery right beside him. If you ever go to Berlin look up those graves. They should still exist because they were covered with a big stone, which was a special wish of my grandmother.

Heinrich was the only one who got out of Germany just a few days before the Second World War broke out. He went to La Paz, Bolivia and moved later to Santiago, Chile where he passed away during the 1960's. One thing I want you to know: all our families were God fearing and righteous, beautiful and respected people. They were always proud of their Jewish heritage. Gerhard was a wonderful violin player and played in an orchestra with the only purpose to give benefit concerts.

Fraustadt was only 250 km from Berlin. Very often I came to Berlin, when I was a child and later when I was on business. Always happy and proud when I could be with my grandparents and my uncles and aunt. Those marvelous days I will never forget. Unfortunately in 1933 our happiness began to decline. The Hitler gangster had come to power and the persecution of the Jews had begun. Restrictions and anti-Jewish laws were put into force and life became more frightening and hard. More and more anti-Jewish laws were announced. People disappeared from the streets and were thrown into concentration camps. The tension grew day by day till November 1938 when the horrible Kristallnacht brought everything to a halt. My dear father and I were sent to concentration camp and our home and business destroyed. But we were lucky. Already Dec 1, 1938 my father and I were released from camp for emigration. Unfortunately there was not a country what would open the gates for Jews. The present caring and humanitarian democracies like the United States were closed for immigration and there was no place to go to. Only because I had an order from the Gestapo to leave Germany before August 31, 1939 I was lucky enough to get a permit to go into a refugee camp in England. August 23, 1939 I left Germany for England but I had to leave all my dear ones behind. Unfortunately I was the only one who was saved. My parents, my sister, my uncles and my aunt and most of my cousins were murdered by the Nazis. You and I and we all have suffered a loss which cannot be described.

My parents and my sister were murdered in 1943. Martin, born April 6, 1886 was murdered in Auschwitz. His wife Lima, born Aug 26, 1888 was murdered in Auschwitz. Alex, born Apr 28, 1895 was murdered in Auschwitz. His wife Berta, born Aug 24, 1888 was murdered in Auschwitz. Tilly, their daughter, born Oct 18, 1925 was murdered in Auschwitz. Gerhard, born Aug 22, 1898 was murdered in Osten His wife Erma, unknown, was murdered in Osten, Their son Alfred (Freddy), born June 19, 1931 was murdered in Auschwitz.

Rudolph and Emma, (your grandparents) survived the concentration camp in Theresienstadt and went back to Munich were they are now resting in the Jewish cemetery. Rudolph was weighing 90 lbs. when he left Theresienstadt. The preceding lines illustrate clearly what the thanks of the Vaterland really looked like.

I hope that the last few lines of this letter did not upset you too much. I told you all this because everybody has to know it."

Jody remarked on Heinz in a letter to Dan in July 2000 as follows: "The last page is a signing from Heinz. Heinz passed away in 1993 at 81 years old. He only survived as a result of some sort of children's program that took groups of Jewish children to England to be "adopted" by English families. I'm not sure how he ended up in Toronto, but he was a very good person with a tremendous sense of humor and a sense of survival. "

Source: Pages of Testimony Last Name: Boldes First Name: Max Father's First Name: Adolf Mother's First Name: Fredericka Gender: Male Date of Birth: 28/01/1880 Place of Birth: Lissa,Leszno,Poznan,Poland Search for all victims registered as born in this place Shows location on the map and info about the place (when available) Marital Status: MARRIED Spouse's First Name: Else Spouse's Maiden Name: Berwin Permanent Place of Residence: Fraustadt,West Prussia,Germany Search for all victims registered as residing in this place Shows location on the map and info about the place (when available) Place during the war: Breslav,Braslaw,Wilno,Poland Search for all victims registered as present in this place during the war Shows location on the map and info about the place (when available) Place of Death: Breslav,Braslaw,Wilno,Poland Search for all victims registered as having died in this place Shows location on the map and info about the place (when available) Date of Death: 1943 Submitter's Last Name: Boldes Submitter's First Name: Heinz Relationship to victim: SON Status in the source: murdered Type of material: Page of Testimony Item ID: 721722

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Max Boldes's Timeline

January 28, 1880
Leszno, Leszno County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland
August 11, 1914
Leszno, Leszno County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland
March 19, 1920
Leszno, Leszno County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland
March 28, 1943
Age 63
Braslaŭ, Braslaw District, Vitebsk Province, Belarus