Rather than create a genealogical site based primarily
on my own genealogical research, I have chosen to build this first by
compiling existing work that I have been able to find on the family.
My approach has included much search of the Web as well as interaction with
those interested in the site. Over the period since February 2004 when this
site was established this has lead to much improvement in accuracy, broadening
in scope, and addition of wonderful materials. As these accumulate I am adding
them to the site. They are listed here. To read any resource click on the
In 2002 a reunion was held in Berlin for
relatives of the Cassirers. It was by all accounts a great success.
Pictures from the reunion are show here.
Early Cassirer Documents (1796 -1935)
Stamm Nummer (residence
permit) of Loebel Moses Cassirer (age 58) and his wife Zerchen (probably
a nickname for Zerchen), 1796
The Stamm Nummer was a form of residence
permit with fewer rights than a 'General Privileg' but more rights than
the next step down 'toleriert'. Its existence was limited to Prussia between
1796 and 1812. Details of Loebel Moses Cassirer, his wife Zerchen
Ruben age 53, and their children Moses, Hirch, Gerson and Jacob, with their
ages (28, 25, 24, 22 respectively) are listed.
Lobel Moses Cassirer's announcement of the marriage of his son Moses to
Pessel, daughter of Salamon Abraham Friedländer, 1797
Salomon Abraham Friedländer
as a Jew who has a General-Privileg in Berlin, and is to inherit the number
after him. Lobel
Mose Cassirer's signature is inscribed on the second
page below the name of the Secretary of the Breslau Jewish Community at
the time. [With thanks to Irene Newhouse for providing this and the preceding
Marcus und Jeanette, Siegfried und Henriette
Cassirer'sche Familien-Stiftung established 28 Oktober 1890
Four family trust documents (1914-17, 1925, 1930, 1931) of
the Marcus and Jeanette, Siegfried and Henriette Cassirer trust established
on 28 October 1890. The documents contain chronicles (including war service over 1914-17) and family trees for
each of the key descendants mentioned.
Kriegszeitung" 17 March 1918 - Original in German ;
Translation into English
A mock 'war newspaper' produced by the Cassirer family on 17 March 1918 as an amusing account of family news and the war.
Cassirer Anecdote Booklet
18 October 1937 - Original in German ; Translation
This booklet, in German, edited by Toni Cassirer,
was produced for the occasion of Max Cassirer's 80th birthday. It contains
many amusing anecdotes and is the most detailed original account of the
lives of the Cassirers in the late 19th and early 20th century.
page: Berlin Jewish Address Book 1931
This is a page of the Berlin
Jewish Address Book in 1931 showing the addresses of a number of members
of the Cassirer family at that time in Berlin.
Cassirer Group Photographs
Various group photographs taken at weddings and
other Cassirer occasions between 1900 and 1937, some of whom are identified
and some of whom remain to be identified. Your assistance in identifications
would be appreciated.
Miscellaneous information on the Cassirer
and Falk families
of miscellaneous additional information on the Cassirer and Falk families
There is quite a bit of information which is progressively
uncovered about the Cassirer and Falk families. There is more diverse
detail on everything from paintings owned by Paul Cassirer, to the Cassirer
Cable Factory. Some of it is information provided by researchers such
as Adalbert Saurma who have provided translation and research for this
site. This album is the place where this information is progressively
collected. Over time some of it may be further linked into the Overview
and Genealogical Database sections of the site.
of Eduard Cassirer
Family Album of Cassirer Documents 1885-1939
Photographs, messages, references, menus, obituaries
and celebratory poems associated with Eduard and Jenny Cassirer, Martin
and Lise Cassirer, Julie Cassirer, Suzanne Cassirer, Lucie Lasker, Lisbet
Lasker and Paul Cassirer. These documents were handed down to and presented
to the site by Ben Bano.
Cassirer: Reflections by a grandson
A much quoted paper by Peter Cassirer on his grandfather
Descendants of Isidor Cassirer
Isidor and Lydia Cassirer, and their
son Rudolph Cassirer documents.
A set of documents provided by Ernest Cassirer relating
to Isidor and Lydia Cassirer. They include a telegram from von Hindenburg
to Lydia Cassirer thanking her for help in the first world war, a certificate
for the Honour Cross presented to her also for this help, the marriage
certificate of Isidor and Lydia Cassirer, and finally, and most ironically,
a certificate to Rudolph Cassirer sent in the name of Adoph Hitler, for
the Honour Cross for his participation in active military service. These
were sent on the request of Hindenburg to Hitler to all who had served,
irrespective of their status. It did not inhibit him from later condemning
Jewish recipients of this honour to death.
Ernest Cassirer Album
The Mourning Book for Isidor and Lydia Cassirer,
and the war records of their son Rudolph Walter Cassirer.
Cassirer Laparne Album of Cassirer Photographs and Anecdotes ~1890-2005
Miriam Cassirer's mother Johanna Baron married
Rudolph Cassirer. In later life, suffering from Alzheimer's disease,
she annotated the family photographs. Miriam has presented these photographs
and their identifications to the site. They cover her grandmother Adele
Baron and her grandfather, her mother Johanna and husband Rudolph Cassirer,
Johanna's sister Gertrude, her brother Ernest Cassirer, and other connected
relatives. Included is a couple who are unidentified. All that is known
at this stage is that they sent their children to England and knew
they were going to Auschwitz. It is possible that they are related
to Johanna's first cousin Ella.
Descendants of Julius Cassirer
Bruno Cassirer Album
This collection by Regina Pfennig contains details
of houses and establishments owned by Bruno Cassirer prior to the war
as well as photos of the graves of Afred and Paul Cassirer, and Tilla
of Martin Cassirer
Susanne Bano (ne Suzanne Julie Cassirer)
A moving account of the life of Susanne Bano, and
her grandmother Lucy Lasker, who lost her life in Auschwitz: by Susanne's
son, Ben Bano.
Descendants of Salomon Cassirer
Certificate of Käthe Cassirer and Dr. Paul Herrmann.
Descendants of Louis Cassirer
Reinhold Cassirer: English translation of interview on Suedwest-Funk Radio, 1986.
A remarkably fluent and clear
recollection of Reinhold Cassirer's childhood and family life, his formative
years in Charlottenburg (ending in 1926), his study with Weber in Heidelberg
where he gained his Doctorate in December 1932, the advent of the Nazis,
his interview by the Gestapo, and the tightening of pressure on him and
other Jews, his role in the family Cable Manufacturing Company, his move
to South Africa and time in the South African and British Army (1940-1946),
the recommencement of his business life in South Africa and in 1968,
his taking up the opportunity to open a branch of Sotheby's in South
Africa, and finally his marriage to and life with Nardine Gordimer and
the family they have nurtured. Includes also interesting references to
Albert Cassirer, Paul Cassirer and Tilla Durieux, and Ernst and Heinz
Contemporary accounts of the
Die Familie Cassirer: eine bedeutende Berliner Familie
The Cassirer Family: an important Berlin Family. A 17 page account of the history in German of the Breslau generation of the Cassirer Family. Author not yet identified. Copy provided by Olle Kellerman.
Cassirer Family Tree by Kerstin
This rendition of the Cassirer genealogy by
Kerstin Köhnstopp is reproduced from the book Harry Nutt, Bruno Cassirer,
Stapp Verlag, Berlin, 1989. It contains some new
information (and, it appears, some significant errors).
Cassirer Descendant Chart by Olle Kellerman
This is a simplified chart developed by Olle Kellerman in 1997. It is not complete.
Origins of the name Cassirer
A note on the origins of the Cassirer name.
Article in German on the contribution of the Cassirers to Berlin from the Berlin Morgenpost 29 June 2003.
Cassirers who may be related
References to Cassirers who may be related
References to Cassirers in the historical record who may or may not be connected to this family tree. Any help you can give in establishing such connections would be appreciated.
Victims whose family name was Cassirer
A list of victims of the Holocaust, whose family
or maiden name was Cassirer and who were transported to the death
camps from Berlin is provided together with the details from the Yad
Vashem database. For most of these victims it remains to be established
whether or not they were connected to the Cassirer family that is
the subject of this website.
Researched and compiled by Philip Cohen this
represents a huge amount of meticulous research into Henry Cohen
and his descendents and relatives. It includes detailed documentary
material, including a transcript of Henry Cohen's trial.
correspondence about Henry Cohen
These are copies of correspondence, obtained
by Philip Cohen, relating to the arrival of Henry Cohen, his
assignment to private service, an (unsuccessful) attempt to assign
him to his son in law, Simmons, and his eventual pardon in
History of the Cohen Name: From
Ha-Kohen (1650-1723) to Abraham Cohen (1812-1874)
This manuscript has been handed down to me,
and probably comes from the two addresses by David Spector of Hove,
Sussex, and published by the Jewish Historical
Society of England in
their publications Transactions, Vol 22 (1968/9) "The Jews of Brighton" and Vol
30 (1987/8) "Brighton Jewry reconsidered". Inter alia it traces the arrival
in Australia of Abraham Cohen back to Don Menachen ben Chajim Ha-Kohen (1650-1723)
and the Konstamm family.
Notes of Henry
Robert Cohen (1915-2002)
These notes were prepared by Henry Robert Cohen on his
Microbee computer in the 1970s and follow on from those above to trace the
Cohen family from Brighton England, through to Australia. They contain a
very detailed family tree, some details of which remain to be inserted in
this site. The notes were annotated and then scanned by Philip Cohen sometime
in the late 1980s. I reproduce them here still as images, now embedded in
No Other Home: An Anglo-Jewish Story 1833-1987 by Barbara Falk
This book in scanned form is reproduced here with the kind permission of the author, Barbara Falk, and the publisher, Penguin Books Australia Ltd. The book is the most complete history published to date of the Cohen family and related people referred to on this site. It was first published in 1988.
Album of miscellaneous information about the Cohen Family
and their relatives
There is quite a bit of information which is progressively
uncovered about the Cohen family and their relatives. Some of it is information
provided by researchers such as Tel Johns who have provided research for
this site. This album is the place where this information is progressively
collected. Over time some of it may be further linked into the Overview and
Genealogical Database sections of the site.