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Published on Jul 27, 2010
Maximilian Kowler, born in Vienna, Austria fled that country soon after its takeover by Germany in 1938. He immigrated to France & volunteered for the French Army where he served in 1940. In the mountains of the Massif Central he was injured and transported to Switzerland in 1942 where he was interned in various camps. At the end of the war, Kowler was called back to France to become the transport manager of the Jewish Agency in Marseilles, in charge of boats carrying displaced persons from the concentration caps to Palestine, including the EXODUS. In '51, Kowler came to NY. In '72 he moved to Lenox MA to teach high school. In '87 because of his work a Holocaust Monument was erected in front of the court house in Pittsfield. rec. 4/9/10