Meier (Max) Stoppelman

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Meier (Max) Stoppelman

Also Known As: "Max"
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
Death: April 27, 2005 (89)
Blaricum, Blaricum, North Holland, The Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Son of Arond Stoppelman and Henderina Saartje van der Reis
Husband of Esther (Stella) Delden and Charlotte Margaretha Barendse
Brother of Froukje Saartje Stoppelman

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About Meier (Max) Stoppelman

After the selection on their arrival in Auschwitz, Otto Frank, Hermann and Peter van Pels, and Fritz Pfeffer had all been sent to Block 2 in the main camp, Auschwitz I. They were lucky. One of the senior men in that block was Max Stoppelman, whose mother's apartment in South Amsterdam Jan and Miep Gies were renting part of. Otto Frank had placed the classified ad that had led Miep to Mrs. Stoppelman, and he had gotten to know Max on that occasion. With the help of Jan Gies, Max and his wife, Stella, had gone into hiding with a Dutch family in Laren in the fall of 1943, but six months later they had been betrayed and arrested. Peter van Pels, too, became friends with Max Stoppelman, a short man of about thirty with the shoulders of a wrestler. [....]

Max Stoppelman's protection and tutelage had obviously benefited Peter, who seemed surprisingly well nourished. Peter came to the infirmary to see Otto for the last time in mid-January 1945. The camp was being forcibly evacuated, Peter told Otto. Both he and Otto had to leave. Max assured Peter that if Peter stuck with him on the journey he would come through fine. Otto tried unsuccessfully to convince Peter to stay.

Stoppelman, Meier "Max"

He was a protector and model to Peter van Pels while they were in Auschwitz. He and Otto had known Max in Amsterdam and Max's mother was Miep and Jan's landlady: there is a fair chance that Anne met him at some point before going into hiding.

Max was a textiles businessman. During the war, business was slow and difficult, so he also worked as a courier, for the Jewish Council. In the fall of 1943, Jan found Max and his wife a hiding place in Laren. (Miep probably did not know this: her book does not mention that Jan had found them a safe place and seems to say that Jan honestly did not know where Max was when the Omnia men grilled Jan about where Max was, in the spring of 1944. In fact, it was at about that time, that Max and Stella were discovered and sent to the camps.) He survived the war and is still alive in Bussum, the Netherlands. His wife, Stella, perished. (AF:B p. 258, 299-300; AFR p. 175-6 [he is called "Mrs. Samson's son" in AFR])

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Meier (Max) Stoppelman's Timeline

December 23, 1915
Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
April 27, 2005
Age 89
Blaricum, Blaricum, North Holland, The Netherlands