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Max Weinstein and Karliner Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25513

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents Max Weinstein of Kassel, Germany and New York City, and his wife Gerda Weinstein née Karliner, as well as the Karliner family, of Beuthen, Germany (today Bytom, Poland) and Hartford, Connecticut.

Materials relating to Max Weinstein include birth, marriage, and death certificates; various Army orders and awards; a small family tree; and various travel and residence documents from Germany, Argentina, and the United States. The Weinstein family photographs show Max Weinstein in Germany and Argentina; in France and Africa as a soldier during World War Two; and in the United States after the war. They also show friends and family, including Max's mother Dina Weinstein. The collection also includes a large photograph of Weinstein's Army unit (Company C, 11th battalion, Camp Wheeler, Georgia).

Materials relating to the Karliner family include birth, death, and naturalization certificates; family trees and genealogical research; restitution correspondence; and travel documents for Fred, Mary, and Gerda Karliner. They also include Mary Karliner's typewritten recipes on loose-leaf paper and an article from Aufbau about the Jewish community of Beuthen.

The Karliner family photos primarily depict Fred, Mary, and Gerda Karliner. Among the dozens of photos are family snapshots, portraits, vacations, baby pictures, school class pictures, and gravestones. The Karliner family photo postcards show the Böhm and Karliner families.


  • 1897-1993


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Biographical Note<extptr actuate="onload" altrender="Max and Gerda Weinstein, 1947" show="embed" title="Max and Gerda Weinstein, 1947" href=""/>

Max Weinstein (1914-1974) grew up in Kassel, Germany with his parents Robert Weinstein and Dina née Goldschmidt. He emigrated in 1937 to Argentina and then to the United States, where he enlisted in the Army. Weinstein fought in World War Two in North Africa and France.

In 1947, Weinstein married Gerda née Karliner in New York City.

The Karliner family lived in Beuthen, Germany (now Bytom, Poland). Gerda Weinstein (1924-2011) and her parents, Mary (Mücke) née Böhm (1891-1987) and Friedrich (Fritz, Fred) Karliner (1888-1955) immigrated to the United States in the late 1930s and settled in Hartford, Connecticut. Fred Karliner's brother, Paul Karliner (1894-1938), died in Dachau following the Kristallnacht.


0.25 Linear Feet (OSL 48)


This collection documents Max Weinstein of Kassel, Germany and New York City, and his wife Gerda Weinstein née Karliner, as well as the Karliner family, of Beuthen, Germany (today Bytom, Poland) and Hartford, Connecticut.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized in its entirety with the exception of the oversized photograph. Access to selected items in box 1 folder 4 is restricted due to privacy concerns. Researchers with questions regarding suppressed materials may contact the LBI Archivist at

Related Material

Materials were removed from plastic bags and rehoused in acid-free folders. Duplicate photocopies were removed.

The photo postcards in folder 3 were removed from their album so that both sides would be visible. The album is in the back of the folder. The other photographs were sorted by size and placed in envelopes. Adhesive paper attached to photographs was photocopied and removed. The originally tightly rolled oversize photograph was flattened and inserted in a four-fold envelope.

Separated Material

The following were removed to the LBI Arts and Objects collection: Three medals for World War One service, a pin with crossed swords, and a small photograph of Max Weinstein's maternal grandparents encased in a locket backed with safety pin.

Guide to the Max Weinstein and Karliner Family Collection 1897-1993 AR 25513
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
© 2013
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Description is in English.
Processing made possible by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support "Illuminating Hidden Collections at the Center for Jewish History." Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • May 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States