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Audio interview with Max Heller, former mayor of Greenville, Furman trustee and Advisory Council member, and his wife,Trude. In this 2004 interview they share memories of living in Austria during Hitler's occupation, what life was like for Jews there, and how they separately made their way to the U.S. Mr. Heller remembers his first meeting with John Plyler, and he and Mrs. Heller talk about how they started their lives in Greenville, and how they became involved with Furman. They share memories of President Gordon Blackwell, and Betty Alverson, and talk about their collaboration with Furman's CESC. They praise the Furman students for their volunteer work, and talk about how Furman contributes to the Greenville community. They share their thoughts on religious and racial discrimination. Mr. Heller discusses his time as mayor, and memorable experiences during his time on the Furman Advisory Council. They discuss Furman's greatest challenges over the years, their friendships with Furman presidents, and what each president has done for Furman. Mrs. Heller speaks about her involvement with Furman, and Mr. Heller talks about his time as Scholar in Residence at the Riley Center. They close the interview sharing their hopes for the Heller Service Corps, and tell of how honored they were about the naming.

Scholarship Type

Faculty Scholarship

Publication Date


City and State

Greenville (S.C.)


Furman University; History; Oral histories; World War, 1939-1945 Jews; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Heller, Max M. (Max Moses), 1919-; Greenville (S.C.);


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Max and Trude Heller Oral History



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