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Walter H. Bunzl Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 055

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1895 - 1992


Biographical / Historical

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 Nazi 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. Walter Bunzl later became Atlanta's honorary Consul General to Austria, and died in 1988 at the age of 75. His wife, Frances Hamburger Bunzl, a native of Germany born in 1920, came to Atlanta in 1941. During their married life, Walter and Frances Bunzl were active in the worlds of art and culture and were founding members of Temple Sinai. Frances Bunzl passed away on August 15, 2019 in Atlanta. She was 99 years old.


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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.


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

Related Materials

Mss 015, Oscar Strauss Jr. Family Papers Mss 018, Abe Goldstein Family Papers Mss 020, Abraham Bernard Reisman Family Papers Mss 027, Julius L. Tenenbaum Papers Mss 028, Jospeh Jacobs Family Papers

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to visual arts collection.

Walter H. Bunzl Family Papers, Mss 55
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States