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Max Notowitz

Memphis, TN

Max Notowitz died peacefully at home on April 24, 2017. He was born on October 31, 1927, and spent his early years in Kolbuszowa, Poland.

A survivor of the Holocaust, Max came to America in 1947. His family had perished by the time he was 14, but he managed to survive the forced labor camp and hiding in the woods for 21 months. After coming to America with nothing, Max was determined to make something of himself. The last letter he received from his mother said, "My son, I hope to be able to see you again. But if the good Lord denies me that, I want you to do one thing for me. Don't let yourself down. Try to make something of yourself. The best way to get anywhere in the world is by acquiring an education – as much of it as possible. Promise me that if you have the chance, you will get a good education." These words became his chief motivation to moving forward in his life. Max graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1949, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in 1952.

He was proud to become a United States citizen in 1952 and was drafted into the U.S. Army serving for two years. Max was with Equitable Life for over 58 years. He was a CLU and ChFC, was a Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table with 46 years as a member, and served in several local and national professional organizations. He was a member of Temple Israel and the Memphis Jewish Community Center and served on the boards of various community organizations, including Memphis Runners Track Club, B'nai B'rith. He served as President of Jewish Family Service, Jewish Historical Society, and Temple Israel Brotherhood. He was a member of the Wolf River Society. He also spoke extensively to tell his story of survival through Facing History and Ourselves as well as to businesses and religious organizations. He loved running and ran the New York Marathon in 1980 and 1981 and ran several Memphis Marathons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Osias and Ida Schmidek Notowicz; his sister Nina Notowicz, brother, Leon Notowicz, and his daughter, Lee Gryll. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Fannie Delugach Notowitz; children, Ida Eleazer (Terry), Joshua Notowitz, Daniel Notowitz; son-in-law, Michael Gryll; grandchildren, Andrew Gryll (Shira), Terry Eleazer; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26th at the Levy-Cooper Chapel in Temple Israel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Facing History and Ourselves, Temple Israel, or the .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Apr. 26, 2017
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