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Bruck-Jacobson Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25579

Scope and Content Note

The Bruck-Jacobson Family Collection holds documentation of and genealogical research of the Bruck-Jacobson family as well as of members of the related Bruck and Flato families. The collection includes official papers, genealogical notes and family trees, personal and educational papers, receipts, paper currency, documentation of research, certificates, a handwritten cookbook and housekeeping manual, a diary, photographs, and a sketch of a family residence.

The personal, official, and educational papers of several family members will be found in all series of the collection.

Series I includes handmade mementos by family members. Series II holds various official and educational papers of Albert and Bertha Bruck-Jacobson, including documentation of Albert Jacobson's 1877 Studienbuch from the University of Königsberg, and judicial appointment documents issued by Kaiser Willhelm II, including his official seal. It also holds documentation of the awarding of the Roter Adlerorden vierter Klasse (Order of the Red Eagle, Fourth Class) to him. Bertha Bruck-Jacobson's papers include a sketch of the layout of tha family residence of Albert and Bertha Bruck-Jacobson in Allenstein. Other personal items include the two handwritten books of this series, both dating approximately from the 1890s. One of these, a cookbook, holds a large collection of family recipes, while the other, a housekeeping manual titled "Das ABC der Hausfrau," details the care of a household at this time in detail. In addition, the personal items include the record of the Aussteuer (1895). Series II also holds the documents necessary for emigration in 1939 to the United States.

Series III relates to Anna Flato Bruck and Adalbert Bruck. It contains the diary (Tagebuch) of Anna Levin-Flato covering a few short years from 1868-1872 in her life just prior to her marriage to Adalbert Bruck. There is also a collection of receipts for furnishings of Adalbert Bruck, also in Series III. These receipts show the purchases for the couple's new household in 1872, including not only furniture but smaller household necessities of the time as well. In addition, Series III contains photographs of Haus Cramer in Berlin.

Both Series I and II contain folders of genealogical notes. These notes include sketches of family trees as well as biographical data on various family members, showing how various members of the Jacobson, Bruck, and Flato families are related.

Dates

  • 1868-2012

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German and English.

Access Restrictions

There are restrictions on this collection. Users must contact the Leo Baeck Institute prior to accessing portions of this collection.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There are restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Notes

Adalbert Bruck (1841-1909) was born in Breslau (today Wrocław, Poland), one of three sons of dentist Jonas Bruck and his wife Rose née Marle. Adalbert Bruck had positions as a judge in Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Brandenburg an der Havel, and Berlin. In 1874 his book Die Beweislast hinsichtlich der Beschaffenheit des Kaufgegenstandes nach dem Gemeinen und Preussischen Civilrechte (The Burden of Proof in Consideration of the Composition of the Purchase Item according to the General and Prussian Civil Laws) was published. In 1872 he married Anna Flato (1852-1904) of Berlin. Adalbert and Anna Bruck had six children: Bertha (born 1873), Gertrud (born 1874), Alfred (born 1877), Frieda (born 1878), Elizabeth (born 1880), and Margarete (born 1884). In addition to her role as housewife and mother Anna Bruck also wrote articles for newspapers on topics such as cooking, the household, fashion, cultural history, hygiene and literature; she had one book published, Die Hygiene in der Küche (Hygiene in the Kitchen).

Albert Jacobson (1858-1928) was born in Königsberg, Prussia (today Kaliningrad, Russia). He was the son of the merchant Edvard Jacobson and Ida Loewensohn. After completing his studies at Gymnasium (high school) he studied law at the University of Königsberg. In 1885 he passed the bar exam and was named a Gerichtsassessor (court assessor). The following year he became Amtsrichter (district judge) in Zinten (today Kornewo, Russia). In 1888 he became a judge in Bischofstein. Later positions followed in Insterburg and Allenstein (today Olsztyn, Poland). In 1905 he was named Oberlandesgerichtsrat and with that title served in Hamm (1905-1908) and later, Königsberg, from 1908 until his retirement in 1921. In 1913 he was awarded the Roter Adlerorden vierter Klasse (Order of the Red Eagle, Fourth Class) and in 1914 he was also given the title of Geheimer Justizrat. Upon his retirement in 1921, the family moved to Berlin, where he died in 1928.

In 1895 Bertha Bruck (1874-1957, daughter of Anna née Flato and Dr. Adalbert Bruck) married Albert Jacobson in Berlin before moving to Allenstein (today Oleztyn, Poland), where her husband was a judge. Bertha Bruck-Jacobson continued to live in Berlin after the death of her husband in 1928 (and a short period in Klein Machnow) until conditions in Germany led to her emigration to the United States via Cuba in 1939.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Bruck-Jacobson Family Collection holds documentation of and genealogical research on this family as well as of members of the related Bruck and Flato families. The collection includes official papers, genealogical notes and family trees, personal and educational papers, receipts, paper currency, research notes, certificates, a handwritten cookbook and a handwritten housekeeping manual, a diary, photographs, and a sketch of a family residence.

Related Material

Related is a copy of the diary of Anna Flato (ME 892); the original is present in this collection.

Related are also some manuscripts and correspondence by Else Gerstel (née Flato) at the archives of the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich, Germany (call number ED 193).

Creator

Title
Guide to the Papers of the Bruck-Jacobson Family 1868-2012 AR 25579
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Dianne Ritchey
Date
© 2016
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from JacobsonFamily.xml

Revision Statements

  • May 23, 2016.: Finding aid edited.
  • January 2017:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States