The earliest photos of Braunhart babies and children are from 1900 on. Just for fun, here is a selection of some of them:
In the early 20th century, several of the Braunharts of Schubin immigrated to America. Some were married in Germany and some in the United States. There were many more weddings in the mid-20th century as their sons and daughters tied the knot.
Since this is the time of the year when many weddings occur, we celebrate their nuptials with the photos of these happy events, focusing on those from 1900 through the 1920s. There are more, however many wedding photos have not turned up as yet.
As the title suggests, one is quite the eery photograph - but it is a capture of the wedding party certainly, even if many weren't looking, or were pretending to be asleep.
So raise your glass and Mazel Tov!
In the course of discovering one's ancestry - it certainly is a journey and many times a trek (a journey with obstacles). If we consider Lewin Jacob Braunhart and his wife Wilhelmine Zadek as the first generation of Braunharts; and Bernhard, Samuel, Sara, and Alexander as the 2nd, then the 3rd generation would be the seventeen surviving children of Bernhard, Sara, and Alexander. These I have previously written about as quite an admirable group of ancestors in The Memorable Seventeen. The 3rd generation was exemplified by immigration and escape. Half of the 17 immigrated to America, and half escaped from Schubin to Berlin, and many of those escaped Germany from the Nazis, although two were unsuccessful.
So what about the next generation - the fourth? There were a total of 35 children born to the 17 grandchildren of Lewin and Wilhelmine. Who were they and what makes them special? These 35 were exemplified by the majority being born in America as a result of their parents immigrating. However, holdovers from the 3rd generation still occurred, as a few of these 35 had to also escape Nazi Germany.
The birth years range from 1892 to 1936 - quite a span. Here is a list, followed by names and photos. Truly an impressive bunch:
And here they are:
Frieda Braunhart was the youngest child of Alexander and Helene Braunhart. She was born in 1902, married her husband Salo Brunn in 1926, and immigrated to America with her husband later in 1926.
In this letter, written to her older sister Anna who was living with her family in Brooklyn, New York, she repeats the refrain written by several of her siblings and parents. That is that life in Schubin had become so difficult that it was time to move. She apparently was dismissed from her job because of her inability to speak Polish. She was 19 years old at the time of this letter.
Several of her brothers had already moved to Berlin as well as Leipzig, and life promised to be a bit better, if not perfect for this Jewish family.
Below is the original letter, followed by the English translation.
With thanks to Matthias Steinke, below is the English translation:
Schubin, 12 December 1919
My very dear ones!
I also want to write a few lines to you beloved. You can imagine the joy as your photos arrived early this morning.
The little girl is cute and also you, beloved Anna, look very good. In near future I'll send you and the dear Marta also a picture from me.
As I saw the image of the little (girl), it reminded me of a photo with Heinz, because he was photographed in exactly the same position. Heinz and Hanna are the children of Karl. I long for them very much, but I hope to be in Berlin in summer, and look forward for it very much.
January we will all be in Labischin with Julius, there will be then Jewish pleasure. Theo and Philip will come home soon for recovery, then hopefully it won't be as boring as now.
I had a job in an office until recently, but I was dismissed because I do not understand Polish. To be honest, I wasn't really concerned about it, because then I can leave Schubin much earlier.
You wrote, that we shall tell you what we need. We don't need anything so far except the shoes and thank you very much.
You have a very very good heart, and I hope that we can thank you and the beloved Marta for all the good personally.
Now I will close, because it's already time to go to sleep.
Now be all greeted and kissed a thousand times by you of your loving,
Over the last month or so - with the help of Martha Lesnitzer Zucker and some contributed photos by family members, new albums have been created and populated with the photos that have been shared.
The Tulman and Sternbach Family Albums have added over 90 photos each and the Brunn Album has also had some additions. A Gandel Album has also been added.
To see all the new albums - go to the Photos tab at the top of this page and select the album you wish to view from one of the drop down choices.
And remember - these albums do not get new photos added unless you contribute. Hint. Hint.
With complete reverence and respect for the participants in this wedding, especially Frieda Braunhart and Salo Brunn, the bride and groom, I have to say that this is quite the surreal wedding photo. The photo was taken at their wedding in Berlin, Germany on May 12, 1926.
It reminds me somewhat if one can use their imagination, of the album cover for the Beatles' famous Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. It almost looks like some of the photos were pasted in, as in the album cover.
Hopefully some of the activities of the day created some happiness, as the participants do not look like they are having a great time.
So let's identify who we can. The bride is easy to pinpoint and she is of course Frieda Braunhart. Next to her is her groom Salo Brunn. All the way to the left is the infant Horst Braunhart, in the lap of his mother Else Schmalenbach Braunhart, and behind Else her husband Philipp Braunhart. In the middle of the photo (next to the bald man with his eyes closed, and behind the bride), is Frieda's older sister Selma Braunhart. The bald man with his eyes closed is Frieda's brother Carl Braunhart, and next to him is his wife Hedwig Bukofzer Braunhart. Directly behind Hedwig is another of Frieda's brothers, Theodor Braunhart. The gentleman who is to the left of Selma Braunhart is Salo's brother Leo Brunn, and the gentleman way to the right who also has a bowtie on is another of Salo's brothers, Maurice Brunn. Finally, next to Salo is his mother Frieda Brunn.
With appreciation to Miriam Brunn Matranga for providing this photo, and to Stuart Matranga for scanning it.
Thanks to the persistence of my newfound 2nd and 3rd cousins - Martha Zucker, Miriam Matranga, and Laraine Sweberg, we have now connected all the Braunhart "stragglers" that I referenced in a couple of earlier posts regarding the Braunhart family.
We knew that Bernhard Braunhart, Sara Braunhart Bernstein, and Samuel Braunhart were siblings. As I stated, there were several "stragglers" who were named Braunhart and who immigrated from Germany, some from the family "town" of Schubin.
As Paul Harvey would say - "Now we know the rest of the story!"
There is indeed another sibling who ties it all together - Alexander Benedict Braunhart is the fourth sibling. He was the youngest (born in 1853) and married Helene Baschinsky. They had count em' - 13 children who are summarized below:
So it appears that the Braunhart family is now complete - except - there may be Braunhart relatives still in Germany who descended from some of Alexander and Helene's grandchildren who survived and stayed there. Here's hoping we will find them some day.
If you think you might be related, even remotely - email Kenneth R Marks firstname.lastname@example.org.
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