A lover of all humanity.
Meeting Chancellor Merkel in 2013; she went out of her way to thank Mannheimer for all his service to Germany through his efforts to educate students over so many decades.
First there was Elie Wiesel, then Max Mannheimer and now only the young "kid," Leslie Schwartz, remains. They first met at Dachau when Schwartz was 14 and Mannheimer 25.
Schwartz recalls a recent conversation with Max, just weeks before his death.
|Leslie Schwartz (right) and Max Mannheimer at Tutzing memorial service, 2011.|
"Laszlo, if I'm gone, you must promise me that you're going to carry my flag"
Leslie replied, "Definitely, Max, that's a promise."
Indeed, there are many who will follow the path Max Mannheimer has shown us. His work will not die; anyone willing to choose love over hate, wisdom over ignorance, and peace over conflict will forever remain his flag bearers.
The Nazi regime tried to destroy him, but his only answer was to heal Germany. A shinning example to all of us of what a human being can become when we swim in a sea of infinite grace, no matter where the journey starts, where we end up and the legacy we leave are ultimately what matter.
Some of earlier stories we did on Max in Talking Weeds: