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charlesfarris
Posted: December 03, 2008 03:48 pm
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My German father-in-law was director of a traveling caravan of variete' entertainers (juggleers, trapeze, bicyclists, dancers) etc. throughout Germany
before the war under the auspices of KdF (Kraft durch Freude). When the
war started, the caravan was inducted into what was known as the
truppenbetreuung, the forerunner of our USO organization. During the war
the caravan entertained over 2 1/2 million Wehrmacht and Romanian soldiers.
I am writing an historical autobiography detailing my father-in-law's life and
travels while with the caravan. The book will have many black and white
photographs, all made by him.

For this purpose, I am interested in one particular performance, that of
July 10, 1942 in Bucharest. This performance was documented by photographer Willy Prager (resident of Bucharest). If you go to https://www2.landesarchiv-bw.de/ofs21/bild_...3&screenbreite=
you can see the photographs. If this link doesn't take you there, in the
search window, type in the word Reichstheaterzug and it will take you to
the website of Staatsarchiv Freiburg. Click on this link and you can see the
photographs.

One particular photograph shows "Rogifer Werke." I am interested in knowing
who or what this is. Werke implies "factory." Was this the Rogifer who modified
some Russian tank wheels? Does anybody know anything that could be of
benefit to a reader of my book?

Thank you.

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Posted: December 03, 2008 06:10 pm
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One particular photograph shows "Rogifer Werke." I am interested in knowing
who or what this is. Werke implies "factory." Was this the Rogifer who modified
some Russian tank wheels? Does anybody know anything that could be of
benefit to a reader of my book?

Thank you.






Yes, Rogifer was Malaxa factory (before Nicolae Malaxa was imprissoned by Antonescu governement in 1941). Under comunist governement the factory was named "23 August" and after 1990 the name was changed in "Faur".
Also at Rogifer was built the prototype of advanced design tank Vanatorul de tancuri "Maresalul"

See links below

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolae_Malaxa

http://www.worldwar2.ro/arme/?language=en&article=245

http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mare%C5%9Fal_...tor_de_tancuri)

[URL=http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzinele_23_August]
http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzinele_23_August[/URL]

A book about history of the factory is available in 5 volumes (100euro all 5).
See the link below
http://www.cartula.ro/forum/index.php?showtopic=3468

(IMG:http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/6384/malaxa01kq4.jpg)
(IMG:http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/malaxa01kq4.jpg/1/w915.png)


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Posted: December 04, 2008 12:17 am
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Cantacuzino, thank you so much for your input. I hope to complete the book
in the very near future.

Regards,

Charles

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