Trude Heller shared memories of life in a Nazi concentration camp with students and teachers at Dacusville Middle School
By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff
DACUSVILLE — Trude Shoutar and Max Heller exchanged wedding vows on a street in Greenville in 1942.
For Trude, it was the start of 69 years of marriage with the future mayor of the city of Greenville. But it was also the chance to put her early years of life behind her after growing up in war-torn Austria and suffering through some of the affects of German concentration camps.
She and Max promised themselves to teach their children only love, not the kind of hatred that led a woman to kill Trude’s grandmother in a concentration camp over a piece of bread. An 11 million Jews died in the concentration camps.