This is a document and photo group for Generalmajor Max Schulenburg. This large file has many photos of Schulenburg, his family and colleagues. The assortment is wide. Most of Schulenburg’s portrait photos date from 1934 to 1936. One is also included of him in uniform as a WW I general. Many photos appear of the young woman whom he married in 1934 (this was probably his second wife). Her name was Mathilde Rosenkränzer. Pictures of her as a young girl, alone and with what appear to be her siblings, are enclosed, as well as some photos of her relatives. From some of the included documents, she was related to some well-known scientists who published academically (evidence of which is included). At least one of these academics was a woman. Unfortunately for Mathilde, the General died in March of 1937. Their marriage had lasted barely three years. Included in the more personal items are the wedding announcement, telegrams congratulating the happy pair, the death notice, telegrams of sympathy to the widow, and even a 1944 document from an antique dealer appraising some items for the widow. An elaborate award document for one of the Rosenkränzer professors is also included, along with some academic zeitschriften on chemistry and geology. Furthermore, several documents are enclosed that delineate the various family genealogies in extensive detail. Most fascinating of all is an elaborate document from 1815, mounted on an elegant piece of cardboard and bearing a wax Prussian seal. It may be a confirmation document for one of Schulenburg’s forebears.
Some of the General’s documents include the following:
Promotion Patent to the rank of Portopee Fähnrich of Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 4. dated June 1883. Schulenburg had been an Unteroffizier.
Promotion Patent from Portopee Fähnrich to Second Lieutenant while serving with Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 4. This promotion took place in September 1884.
Promotion Patent for Second Lieutenant to Premier Lieutenant (1st Lieutenant or Oberleutnant). This took place in April 1892, while Schulenburg was still assigned to an artillery regiment.
Promotion Patent to Hauptmann, dated May 1898 and personally signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Schulenburg was still assigned to an artillery regiment.
Accompanying orders to his Promotion Patent to Hauptmann, also from May 1898, also personally signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Promotion Patent to Major, dated May 1906 and personally signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Promotion Patent from Major to Oberstleutnant, dated October 1912, while in the Fußartillerie. Personally signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Accompanying orders also dated October 1912, also personally signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Several documents from the various military schools Schulenburg attended.
This wonderful group includes FIVE bold signatures by Kaiser Wilhelm II. These alone are worth the price of the group. A mountain of material here awaits deeper exploration. Schulenburg died in 1937. As best as I can decipher, he was born in 1863 and spent more than thirty-five years in the army.