• Ludwig Bravmann was born on April 15th, 1925 in Wurzburg, Germany.
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  • He was forced to flee his native Germany at the age of 13. He escaped on one of the last children’s transports to leave Hamburg for Sweden where he remained for the next two and a half years.
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  • He lived in a Youth Aliyah home and worked as a farmhand.
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  • In 1941, at age 16, he arrived in New York and began working as an apprentice in a silversmith firm. He attended high school at night.
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  • During the WWII, Lou served in the US army as a member of the Ski Troops and saw action patrolling in the Italian Alps. Later he served as an assistant chaplain to the Fifth Army. When the war ended (in 1945) and prior to his discharge in 1946, he became an interpreter for the War Crimes Commission in Austria.
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  • When he returned to New York he went back to working for Durham Silver. On March 20, 1949 he married Lotte Simon.
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  • 1952, was a turning point in his life. That year the New York Stock Exchange opted for a five day work week and closed its doors on Saturday. This decision, allowed Mr. Bravmann, a deeply religious man, to pursue a career that had long captured his interest – investment banking. With no college degree, he started as a trainee in a firm founded by a family friend, Max E. Oppenheimer. After a decade, he became a general partner in the firm.
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  • Mr. Bravmann resides in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. He is one of the original founders of SAR Academy and served as president and vice chairman of the board of the school. He and his wife have been important benefactors of Yeshiva University and he has served on the boards of many of its divisions. In 1988, Mr. Bravmann was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the university. His philanthropic endeavors have supported numerous Jewish institutions and causes in the U.S. and Israel.

 

Jews in Wurzburg, Germany
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/mandate.html

Youth Aliyah (Eva Stern)
http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/stern-eva-michaelis

Sweden during the Holocaust
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0019_0_19410.html

Fifth Army
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_North

Ski Troops
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14594652

War Crimes Trials
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0020_0_20618.html