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Max Ackerman was born on October 21, 1900, in Ujpest in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. When he was 4 years old, his family moved to Vienna, where he learned to be a tailor. In 1928 Ackerman played with the Austrian national team in field hockey in the Amsterdam Olympic Games. After "Kristallnacht" he had to flee to Shanghai with his wife and children. There he opened a tailoring business. He often played an important role in sporting events in Shanghai, especially as a boxing referee. After the war he emigrated to Bolivia and later to the USA. Ackerman lived in Los Angeles until his death.