3 August 1933
Certificate confirming Max Haller’s qualifications as a maritime machinist
Max Haller had already served as a machinist during the First World War, on both warships and submarines. From 1909 to 1911 he completed training in engineering, shipbuilding, boiler-making and mechanics at the Vulkan shipyards in Hamburg and afterward served in the merchant navy. He received many medals during the war, including the Iron Cross First and Second Class, the Submarine Insignia, the Austrian Silver Medal for Bravery, the Liyakat Medal and the Gallipoli Star of the Ottoman Empire.
After the war, Haller became a plant manager at the R. Dahl machinery factory in Berlin. In 1930 he went into business for himself, opening an electric and radio shop in the Schöneberg district of Berlin. On 1 April 1933—the day of the nationwide boycott of Jewish businesses in Germany—he displayed his war medals in the shop window. However, he had already understood the wider significance of the developments taking place in his country. A longstanding member of the Association of Jewish Engineers for the Technical Development of Palestine, he left Germany with his wife and two daughters in early September, taking his certificate of qualification with him.
born in Haynau/Silesia on 5 March 1892
is hereby issued the Certificate of Qualification as a Maritime Machinist I
(Regulation on the Crewing of Merchant Vessels with Captains and Ship’s Officers—Vessel Crew Regulation—29 June 1931—Reich Gazette II p. 517).
Hamburg, 3 August 1933
Department of Trade, Shipping and Commerce
On behalf of
Chief Government Director
(Issuing authority and signature)
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