Elisabeth Maxwell

Elisabeth “Betty” Maxwell (March 11, 1921 – AUGUST 7, 2013) was a researcher French origin, about the Holocaust , who established the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 1987. She was the widow of billionaire publisher Robert Maxwell . 1


He was born as Elisabeth Meynard in Dauphiné , France, descendants of the aristocracy Hugenot , and studied law at the Sorbonne . In September 1944 after the Liberation of Paris he met Czechoslovakia of origin, British Army captain Robert Maxwell, while working as an interpreter for the “Welcome Committee”, which introduced the French to allied officers and married the 15 March 1945. She then worked as her secretary and assistant in London, established her publishing empire and gave birth to 9 children, 2 of whom died in infancy.

In her fortieth year she worked in public relations for her husband’s company and campaigned for him in the general elections of 1964. He then obtained a bachelor’s degree in modern languages ​​at St Hugh’s University, Oxford and was awarded a doctorate for his thesis On the art of writing letters in France at the time of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic period. After investigating Jewish relatives of her husband who died under the Nazi regime went on to edit two books on the Holocaust. She was on the Executive Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews and founded the International Conference on the Holocaust. 2 In 1988 he received the Sir Sigmund Sternberg Prize to promote Christian / Jewish relations. He wrote his autobiography entitled A life of My Own (in Spanish: La vida de los Míos). She died at the age of 92 in the Dordogne , France. 3


  1. Back to top↑ Elisabeth Maxwell, Expert on Holocaust, Dies at 92
  2. Back to top↑ Times of Israel . Retrieved 11 August 2013
  3. Back to top↑ The Times Obituary 10 August 2013