Max Rack

17 Years

Max Rack was born on 18 May 1925 in Duisburg. He came to the Netherlands on a children’s transport at the end of 1938. He was then 13 years old and at first he was placed in a children’s home in Rheden. He stayed there a month and then moved via Arnhem to a children’s home in Driebergen-Rijssenburg. At the beginning of the war Max moved to Amsterdam and was housed above the matze bakery of De Haan on Valkenburgerstraat. They stayed there with about thirty children and nine of them, including Max, were able to go to the Werkdorp in the autumn of 1940. There he was trained as a bank worker. After the Werkdorp was evacuated on 20 March 1941, he was housed at three different addresses. Max lived with the de Vries family in Swammerdamstraat in Amsterdam for about a year and a half. Max was put on the list of the first transport to Auschwitz and within a month after arrival he was murdered on 5 August 1942. 

His parents were transported from Düsseldorf on 17 September 1941 to Litzmannstadt (Lodz) and on 6 May 1942 were further transported to the Chelmno extermination camp, seventy kilometres outside Lodz, and were murdered immediately upon arrival.



Son of

  • Maria Rack-Feigenblatt * 29-07-1898 in Loslau (P)†  07-05-1942 in Chelmno and
  • Leo Rack, 28-10-1885 in Warschau † 07-05-1942 in Chelmno

Last address

Duisburg, Beekstraat 70

Last known residences in The Netherlands

  • 21-12-1938
    Rivierenhuis de Steeg, Hoofdstraat 10, Rheden
  • 20-01-1939
  • 29-12-1939
    Ons Boschhuis, Arnhemschebovenweg 235, Driebergen-Rijssenburg
  • 21-05-1940
    Oostelijke Handelskade, Oostelijke Handelskade 12, Amsterdam
  • 04-06-1940
    Instituut Valkenburgerstraat, Valkenburgerstraat 186, Amsterdam
  • 09-09-1940
    Werkdorp Wieringen, Nieuwesluizerweg 42, Slootdorp (Wieringen)
  • 20-03-1941
    After the eviction of the Werkdorp deported to Amsterdam
  • 27-03-1941
    Amsterdam, Nieuwe Keizersgracht 60-hs
  • 22-12-1941
    Amsterdam, Swammerdamstraat 58-I
  • 07-05-1942
    Amsterdam, Sarphatistraat 148-II
  • 14-07-1942
    Deportation to Camp Westerbork
  • 15-07-1942
    On the first deportation to Auschwitz