Max Reiner papers
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- USHMM Permanent Collection. Gift of Jane Blalock, 2015.
Typescript autobiographical text, approximately 254 pages, by Max Reiner, originally of Czernowitz and Vienna, describing his experiences in Austria and Germany prior to emigration, written 1940. The text was written in response to a project at Harvard University in 1940, seeking autobiographical texts from German and Austrian emigres, titled "My Life in Germany." In his text, Reiner described his impressions of turn-of-the century Czernowitz, his move to Vienna to begin his career as a journalist, his move to Berlin at the age of 23, and his subsequent career with the Ullstein publishing house, his service in the army during World War I, and his return to Berlin. In his account, he provides detailed descriptions of key events and personalities of the Weimar Republic, both political and cultural, including political figures such as Stresemann, Ebert, Rathenau, and Wirth, as well as cultural figures such as Max Reinhardt and others in the musical and theatrical circles of Berlin. His account also describes the impact that the Nazi takeover of power had on him, the increasing anti-Semitic measures, his expulsion form the Ullstein Verlag, and Kristallnacht as he experienced it in Berlin in 1938. The memoir concludes with his emigration in 1939. The Reiner papers also contain the certificate of naturalization (1941) for Reiner had his wife, as well as his death certificate (1944), both from Palestine, and four photographs of Reiner and family members, circa 1930s-1940s.
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