July 19 is Max Fleischer’s birthday. Born in 1883, when Krakow was part of the Austrian Empire (yup, that long ago!), Max came to the United States in 1887 with his mother, Amelia Fleischer, and his older brother Charlie. His father, William Fleischer, had immigrated the previous year. The family landed in New York, eventually settling in Brooklyn.
Did you know . . . that Max’s birth name was not Max Fleischer! He was born Majer (or Modher) Palasz. His parents’ Austrian names were Aaron Wolf Fleischer and Malka (or Molka) Palasz, and brother Charlie’s birth name was Kalman.