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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

The History of the Brachmann Family of Latvia

The history of the Brackman family, known formerly as Brachmann, is a story of Eastern European Jewish history, tragedy and revival. This article aims to offer for the first time a chronological outline of the history of the Brachmann family of Latvia, an attempted sketch of its past up to the present, which will hopefully serve as the basis for further research and memorial.


The history of the Brackman family can be traced back to the end of the 18th century with the presence of Jews in Kuldīga, known also by its Germanic name, Goldingen, Latvia. The family seems to have had a substantial presence in the city with many related family members. The end of the Brachmann family in Latvia, as with millions of others in Eastern Europe, … Read More »

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