Mr. Max Heisler

July 28, 1930 ~ April 8, 2020 (age 89)


HEISLER- Max; passed away on Wednesday April 8, 2020 at White Plains Hospital. He was born July 28, 1930, in Chust, Ukraine, to the late Katrina and Mordachai Heisler. Max was the youngest of three brothers. His father died from consumption when he was young. His mother and his oldest brother died at Auschwitz. During the German Occupation, Max, 8 years old, and his older brother, Issak, 11 years old, escaped from Czechoslovakia on the Kinder Transport in 1938. They were sent to London, England, to the countryside to escape the bombings. They were placed in a home in Chatteris with the Gibbs Family. While they were not Jewish, they made every effort to raise the brothers in their faith. Max and Issak registered the Gibbs as "Righteous Gentile" in Jerusalem. Max attended the London University and left for the United States in 1950. He lived with his uncle in the Bronx, and soon after he received a draft notice. Max served over two years in the Army in Korea and was awarded a Bronze Star. After his discharge, Max received his citizenship papers to the USA in 1954. He attended City College in New York and earned a degree in Chemistry. He accepted a position with Domino Sugar in Harrison, NY. Over the next 45 years, he became Vice President and Chief Chemist. Along the way, Max met the "love" of his life, June Burger, originally from Portage, PA. They were married in March 1955. He was devoted to her. They spent 65 wonderful years together. June passed away in September 2017. Their last home was in Mamaroneck until her passing. He then moved to the Ambassador of Scarsdale until his death. Max is a Holocaust Survivor. Both he and his brother bear the insignia on the headstones. He supports the Kinder Transport and its membership. He belonged to the Jewish Synagogue of Mamaronick. He was deeply rooted in his faith and was a part of the documentary Holocaust Oral History film "Names not Numbers." Max spoke at many spoke at many Jewish schools and Organizations about the history of his life as a holocaust survivor. He was an English Gentleman, loved by many, a beautiful soul with a "joy" for life. Still living with the loving memory of Max are his sisters-in-law Hortense Broadley and Kathryn Supowitz, his many nieces and nephews from his wife's family and many nieces and nephews from the Heisler's family tree. Interment of Mr. Heisler was March 23, 2020 at the Rodef Sholom Cemetery in Johnstown, PA.

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