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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1902-1962

Creator:  Walter H. Bunzl Family

Summary/Abstract:  The Bunzl Family left their home in Vienna six months after the Anschluss in 1938 and went to London. Walter Bunzl came to Atlanta in 1939 to work with the late Robert Hecht, then head of the family’s jewelry manufacturing company Burian and Bunzl. The rest of the family followed him to Atlanta by way of Brazil in 1941. Their family played an important part in Atlanta’s cultural life. The collection consists of documents relating to the immigration of the Hamburger and Bunzl families in the late 1930s.  Included among the documents are German police reports and lists of goods allowed to be removed from Nazi Germany.

Quantity/Physical Description:  .4 linear feet

Language(s):  English and German

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 55, Walter H. Bunzl Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts collection.

Arrangement:  All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Robert Max Bunzl was born near Vienna on March 15th, 1882. He married Nellie Burian in 1912 and they had a son, Walter, the following year. When the Austrian Republic became a province of Hitler Germany following the Anschluss in 1938, the family fled to London, where an English branch of the family’s jewelry manufacturing company Burian and Bunzl had a branch office. After a few months, they made their way to Atlanta through Brazil. They soon helped various relatives and company employees escape Nazi Germany. The family became heavily involved in cultural affairs of the city. Mr. Bunzl was active in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Pro-Mozart Society, Atlanta Arts Alliance, Atlanta Music Club, Academy Theatre, the Temple, and the Atlanta Boy Choir. He was the Austrian consul general for the Southeast and was honorary dean of the consular corps in Atlanta. At the age of 92, Mr. Bunzl left Atlanta to make a home in his native Austria. He died there at the age of 94 in 1977.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Walter Bunzl Family Papers will gain insight into immigration and Jewish civic life in Atlanta, Georgia. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Alien identification cards 1939
2 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education – Adult Institute 1956
3 B’nai B’rith Women 1952-1962
4 Boy Scouts International Bureau 1939
5 Bunzl, Robert M. Undated
6 Documents related to emigration from Germany, of the Arthur Hamburger Family 1936-1941
7 Documents related to the emigration from German of the Arthur Hamburger family – list of goods permitted to leave 1940
8 Documents related to forced sale of Hamburger family property 1940
9 Documents related to Hamburger family members 1902-1941
10 Documents related to reparations 1946-1961
11 Hamburger, Anne 1966
12 Jewish National Fund – receipts 1957
13 Letter (German) 1948
14 National Council of Jewish Women – council and the newcomer 1957
15 The New World Club 1954
16 Printed material – “Brief History of the Jewish World” 1935
17 Printed material – “Jewish Wonderings” 1938
18 The Temple 1945-1959


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