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Charles Weingarten papers

Document | Accession Number: 2002.420.26

The Charles Weingarten papers include biographical materials, correspondence (some illustrated), photographs, printed materials, and restitution files documenting Weingarten’s extended family, hiding with his mother under a false identity in Nice, France, during World War II, their postwar lives, and Weingarten’s unsuccessful efforts to obtain compensation for Holocaust-era claims. The collection also includes records documenting the family of Weingarten’s stepfather, Karl Delius.
Biographical materials include real and falsified identification papers for Charles and Margarethe Weingarten, Charles Weingarten’s medical records and membership cards, a certificate documenting Margarethe Weingarten’s liberation from Gurs in 1940, and records documenting her artistic career and her health. This series also includes electronic files containing extensive genealogical research and family trees compiled by Charles Weingarten.
The correspondence series consists of extensive postwar correspondence from Margaret Weingarten and her mother and sisters, Paula and Charlotte, as well as postwar correspondence among Weingarten family members and friends. Additional correspondence documents aid that Margarethe and Charles Weingarten received after the war from individuals and relief organizations, Rudolf Gelb’s experiences as a volunteer foreign worker in France in 1940, and Charles’ experiences recuperating in children’s homes in Switzerland after the war and with Jewish youth groups in France in the 1960s. This series also includes illustrated holiday cards created by Charles Weingarten after the war for his mother. These cards include pencil, ink, and crayon drawings and watercolors by Weingarten, and some include photographs of Weingarten and his mother.
Delius family papers consist of correspondence, photographs, and business records documenting the family of Charles Weingarten’s stepfather, Karl Ferdinand Delius, and their photography studio.
Photographs include pictures of Weingarten, his mother, his biological father, his kindergarten class, and locations in Nice including the home where they hid during the last few years of the war. Three photograph albums include pictures of Charles Weingarten’s extended family in Germany, France, Switzerland, and Paraguay.
Printed materials include a 1944 pamphlet describing Nazi persecution of Jews in Nice, reproductions of a letter written to Maréchal Pétain by a French woman describing her horror at the roundup of Jews in the Nice area for deportation, clippings about wartime and postwar France, the antifascist poetry pamphlet Deutschland muss leben…!,, a postwar publication about Jewish organizations in France, a booklet of cartoon drawings by Simon Haimovici, publications by survivor groups, and programs from postwar cultural events in France.
Restitution files document Weingarten’s unsuccessful efforts in the 1990s and 2000s to obtain compensation for Holocaust-era claims related to issues such as bank accounts, mortgages, forced labor, and insurance policies. This series also includes wartime and postwar records documenting his mother’s and grandmother’s efforts to pursue restitution claims in the 1950s and 1960s.

inclusive:  circa 1898-2009
15 boxes
13 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles A. Weingarten
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles Weingarten
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Charles Albert Weingarten
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:01:29
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