Carola Williams

From the list of elephant persons Family: Althoff

Carola Williams
Carolina  Althoff

Personal details

Spouse(s) 1931 - 1936 Harry Barlay

Spouse(s) 1941 - 1951 Harry Williams

Country Germany

Work locations
Title owner 1946-1968
Location at Circus Williams in Germany

Title director 1936-1939
Location at Circus Franz Althoff in Germany

Title owner-1956
Location at Circus Frederike Hagenbeck in Germany

Relevant literature
Biography details

Carolina Althoff , circus director in Germany

Born 1903-12-01 in Germany dead 1987-11-11 in Germany , daughter of director Dominik Althoff and animal trainer Adele Althoff .

1931: Carola Althoff married Reinhold Kwasnik, AKA Harry Barlay (1898-1989), and with the help from her father Dominik Althoff they founded a circus, but Carola soon returned to her fathers circus with her son Reinhold (artist name Holdy Barlay).

Even later Mr Kwasnik escaped to West Germany.

1941: Harry Williams (1902-1951) and Carola Althoff (1903-1987), daughter to Dominik Althoff married. Together they had the children Jeanette Williams and Alfons Williams.

1946: Carola and Harry Williams established Circus Williams. was founded by Carola and Harry Williams, with help from Dominik Althoff. But Harry Williams British citizenship was also a help for the pair to fund a circus right after the ending of WWII.

1950-12-22: During Christmas engagement for Tom Arnold at the Harringay Arena in London, Harry Williams had an accident, he was violently ejected from his chariot.

1951-01-10: Harry Williams died of his injuries.

1976: Adolf Althoffs son and Carolas nephew, Franz Althoff Jr, founded Circus Williams-Althoff, but this circus was later renamed to Moscow circus.

1987-11-11: Carola Williams died in Cologne, 84 years old.


Total: 3 children

  1. Born: 1931-07-25. Holdy Barlay
  2. Born: 1940. Dead: † 1960-06-21 Alfons Williams
  3. Born: 1942-03-18. Jeanette Williams


Siblings through the father Dominik Althoff (1883-04-08-1974-09-26):

  1. Adolf Althoff
  2. Franz Althoff
  3. Helene Althoff
  4. Jeanette Althoff
  5. Henriette Althoff

Carola Williams s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Carola Williams
Born: 1903-12-01

Dominik Althoff

Born: 1883-04-08

Paternal Grandfather:
Adolf Althoff

Born: 1852-08-11
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Wilhem Althoff
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anna Holzmüller
Paternal Grandmother:
Sabrine Sonnier

Born: 1860-07-08
Paternal Great-grandfather::
Paternal Great-grandmother:

Adele Mark

Born: 1883-04-15

Maternal Grandfather:

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). director Carolina Althoff in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 6 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories director | circus | Circus Williams | Althoff family | Born 1903 | Dead 1987 | People from Germany

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