This scholarship was established in memory of Aaron "Max" Schuldiner. Max Schuldiner was born in Poland in 1920. In 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland, he, his parents, and his siblings were among the Jews who fled eastward, across the border to Russia. From there they were shipped to western Siberia, where Max worked in a labor camp. It was while in Russia that Max met another Jewish refugee, Toby Bier, who became his wife. After the war, the couple returned westward to Germany, where Max worked as a guard in a displaced persons camp, and they welcomed two sons, Michael and Stanley. In 1950, Max and his family came to the United States of America, where his son, Philip, was born. Max Schuldiner died in 2008. This award is given in memory of the many gifts his life gave to those who loved him. The Aaron "Max" Schuldiner Holocaust Essay Award honors those who did not survive the Holocaust.