Jim Smithson, on 05 May 2012 - 07:43 PM, said:
I've just wandered into this thread when looking for something totally different on Google. I live in Bückeburg and if you PM as many details as you have I could visit the archives here and see what I can turn up. The barracks still stand about 5 minutes walk from the house although the battalion moved out a few years ago. It is now used by the German military helicopter school who are based on the old RAF airfield just out of town.
Above and beyond what I have already posted about Max, I can add the following:
He was born the son of Salomon Mayer (b. 13 Aug 1865 in Könen, Germany) and Babette nee Bonem (whose birthday is tomorrow! - 07 May 1870 in Echternacherbruck, Germany).
Max was one of eight children, all born in Bollendorf, the others being Moritz, Paula, Johanetta, Julius, Sally, Bertha and Daniel. Moritz, Paula and Bertha all died in the Shoah. Julius I have discussed on the GWF previously, having been killed in the Great War. The rest left Germany and by and large lived long lives.
A note about his mother:
Jahrzeit: 21 Adar
Babette Bonem Mayer lived in Bollendorf with her housemaid Johanna Hayum. In the Spring of 1941, the whole village was evacuated and sent to Wolfenbuettel in Northern Germany while they were building the Siegfried line. At the end of the year, everyone was sent back to Bollendorf, Jews and others. Babette died there. Her grave is in Trier in the new cemetery because the Bollendorf cemetery no longer existed. It had been destroyed by the Nazis who used the headstones to build the Siegfried Line. (From Stefan Roos)
I don't have much else, but if there is something specific you think you need, let me know and I'll see if I can get it for you.