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In commemoration of Max Mannheimer – A new name for the square in front of the Munich Documentation Centre for the history of National Socialism

Max Mannheimer at a commemoration event together with Iris Berben, 6 May 2012 | Photo: Susanne Brill

Holocaust survivor and contemporary witness Max Mannheimer died on 23 September 2016. As a permanent memorial to him and as a tribute to his unique social engagement, the square in front of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism was officially named after him on 6 February 2018, the day Max Mannheimer would have been ninety-eight.

Because of his Jewish origin, Max Mannheimer was deported by the Nazis from his Moravian home to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where his parents, his wife and three of his siblings were murdered. Together with his brother Edgar, Mannheimer was taken to the subcamps of Dachau concentration camp at Munich-Allach and Mühldorf to perform forced labour. Close to starvation and seriously ill, the Mannheimer brothers only narrowly survived the camps. After the war, Max Mannheimer met his second wife, a German resistance fighter, in his home city in Moravia. Together they moved to Munich where he worked in commerce and was an active member of the Jewish community and the Social Democratic Party. Mannheimer worked for many charitable organisations and produced a considerable painterly oeuvre under the pseudonym ‘ben jakov’. From the 1980s onwards, he devoted his life to fighting right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism. As a contemporary witness he related his experiences as a Holocaust survivor, seeking personal encounters and open dialogue, especially with young people.

The new street sign ‘Max-Mannheimer-Platz’ also provides some brief biographical information:

Max Mannheimer (6 February 1920 – 23 September 2016), businessman, artist, Holocaust survivor, president of the Dachau Camp Community, vice-president of the International Dachau Committee, co-initiator of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism.

For more information on Max Mannheimer‘s life and work, please visit > the website of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.

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