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Max Lewin fled the Holocaust for a peaceable life in Beckley, W.Va. There, he discreetly made a fortune and just as discreetly arranged for its disposition. But with a few typos, he stoked a tug of war he never intended.

By Amit R. Paley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 11, 2005

BECKLEY, W.Va.

When Max Lewin fled the Holocaust in the 1940s and settled in this small coal-mining town, he vowed to avoid even the most trivial conflicts for fear they would stoke nightmares of the genocide that claimed nearly his entire family. Full story.