Moniek "Max" Glauben
Doctor of Humane Letters 2020
Holocaust survivor and upstander Max Glauben is recognized across Texas and the nation as a passionate advocate for Holocaust and human rights education, and as a model of hope and resilience. For decades, he has shared his eyewitness account of the Holocaust around the world.
As a teenager, Mr. Glauben was imprisoned at the Warsaw ghetto and five concentration camps from 1939-45, and lost his entire immediate family during that time. On April 23, 1945, United States Gen. George Patton's Third Army liberated Mr. Glauben and other prisoners on a death march to Dachau concentration camp. Mr. Glauben immigrated to the U.S. in 1947, eventually serving in the U.S. Army.
For 14 years Mr. Glauben has participated in the International March of the Living program, leading youth tours of European Holocaust sites. In 2019, The Dallas Morning News named him "Texan of the Year," honoring his unceasing calls to resist hate, stand up for others and strive for peace. In 2018, Mr. Glauben became a mentor for future generations by recording his story as part of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Dimensions in Testimony initiative. Now featured at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, the project features interactive high-definition holographic interviews.
Mr. Glauben's advocacy helped launch the creation of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, which began as a modest basement display in the Jewish Community Center. He remains a frequent museum speaker. Mr. Glauben also still travels across Texas for speaking engagements to students where he provides insight and life lessons to inspire future generations of upstanders.
For his exceptional and extensive work combatting intolerance and keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive, Southern Methodist University is honored to confer upon Max Glauben the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.