Maurice Udes was born to a Jewish family in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1922. He came to Omaha following World War II to work for Lyon Metal Products and eventually established the successful Builder’s Supply Company. He was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame in 2001. Maurice served three years in XXII Corps Artillery, Occupation Force in Germany as First Lieutenant during the war and participated in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp. Maurice’s Aunt Frida had come to the US in the early part of the 20th century but had returned to Germany. She married Jakob Rein in 1921. Sadly, Jakob passed away in 1933. As the Nazi’s came to power, Frida’s relatives in America tried to bring her, along with her stepdaughter and another young woman to the United States, but she waited too long to request passage and they were all deported to Gurs concentration camp in the south of France. Despite the family’s attempts from America, Frida and the girls lost their lives in the Nazi concentration camps. Maurice lamented that during his years in Europe with the Army, he was not able to locate his aunt and the girls. Documents of the family’s efforts can be found in Maurice’s collection. Hear Maurice's testimony in his own words.