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Series III: Bruch-Kassel Family, 1922-1971


Scope and Contents

Series III is comprised of documents with material on the related Bruch/ Bruck and Kassel families. The series includes genealogical information, material on the Bruch-Kassel firm, and family property.

Information on the family genealogy is primarily contained in two folders of this series. The folder of family trees primarily concerns the Bruck/ Bruch branch of the family tree, which was the family of Fritz Kassel's mother, Elisabeth Kassel née Bruck. Another folder contains correspondence between Fritz Kassel and various government, commercial and private agencies in Australia concerning his search for information on his great-uncle Ludwig Hermann Bruck, who died without issue in 1916, but who was Fritz Kassel's only blood relation in Australia.

Information on the family, its properties, and the Bruch-Kassel firm is also present here. The first folder of this series holds an unpublished book by Fritz Kassel that lists all of the family's various properties in Silesia, including buildings owned by the firm. Included in the book are photocopies of relevant documents and a few photographs of the factory as well as the family's residence in Frankenstein. Three notebooks hold a handwritten history by Fritz Kassel of the founding of the Firma Bruck & Kassel; these notebooks mention the accumulation, acquisition, and building of properties in his previously mentioned book of the family properties. Two folders hold official documents such as death and birth certificates, and also include some of Fritz Kassel's own emigration paperwork. A few of their documents pertain to family members who died during the Holocaust. Related papers include the will of a distant maternal family member, Gerry Gilbert. One folder holds a short description of the town of Frankenstein (now Ząbkowice Śląskie, Poland).


  • 1922-1971


Language of Materials

This series is in English, German, Polish, Czech and Yiddish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Collection is digitized.

Collection is microfilmed, please use MF 1032.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.


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Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States