Brüne family

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Jobst Brüne and his spouse Elizabeth Füllegrab, mentioned in Bontkirchen ca 1660/1670 are the earliest ancestors found to date.


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Johann Christoph Brüne, born in Messinghausen, neighbouring village of Bontkirchen, son of Johannes Christophorus and of Elisabetha, née Schmid.

Great-grandchild of Jobst Brüne, leaves the area and settles in Johnsbach close to Glashütte i. Sachsen around 1815-1820.


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His son Ernst Anton is the owner of a spices & grocery store in Glashütte i. Sachsen. He was also treasurer of the "Spar- und Vorschußvereine G.m.b.H." (founded in 1860) in Glashütte until 1899. He lived (and had his business) in the building of Markt 4 street.


Conrad Brüne

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Fritz, Ernst Anton, Helmut, Herbert and Conrad Brüne


Conrad Benno Brüne born on 19 Oct 1853 in Glashütte i. Sachsen, died on 22 Jul 1931 in Langebrück i. Sachsen.

Conrad marries Eugenia Selma Lydia Haude on March 22, 1890 in Dresden.
Eugenia, born on 14 Oct 1863 in Christburg, died in May 1945 in Langebrück i. Sachsen.

Conrad wanted to become a brewer. As his father did not have the money to pay for his education, his older brother Emil advanced the funds.

Conrad left Glashütte in 1886 to become a brewmaster in a small brewery in Radeberg founded in 1866, first known as "Brauerei zum Felsenkelle", then, in 1885, renamed "Radeberger ExportbierBrauerei".


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After Conrad's arrival, the brewery started producing a Pilsner type beer called "Böhmisch".

The success was immediate and contributed to a rapid rise. The brewery changes once more name in"Radeberger Pilsner" and exported all over the world, especially to the USA.

Conrad was promoted to director of the brewery in February 1897, a member of the board of directors before September 1898 and in May 1903 a member of the board of directors after the merger with Deutsche Bierbrauerei AG until his retirement in 1923.

From that date he was elected to the Supervisory Board, until his death in 1931.


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In 1911, Conrad was elevated to the rank of "Königlichen Kommerzienrat".

He also developed the "Dreihorden-Malzdarre" and patented it.
In 1911, the "Darre System Patent Brüne" as officially called, was installed in the brewery tower.


The success of the brewery was such that King Friedrich August Von Sachsen asked to visit it.

On August 21, 1907, a large tent was erected behind the factory. Erna, Conrad's daughter, read a poem to His Majesty and Conrad led the King during the factory tour.

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Newspaper articles published on the occasion of the royal visit of August 21, 1907
(Source: Radeberger Exportbier Brauerei - Archives)

...Am Eingange der reichdekorierten Brauerei, die nach der Dresdener Straße zu von einem aus großen Lager-und Transportfässern errichteten Triumpfbogen flankiert wurde, begrüß ten Sr. Majestät die Mitglieder des Vorstandes und des Aufsichtsrates der Brauerei und zwar von ersterem die Herren Direktoren Brüne und Matthias von letzterem die Herren Kommerzienrat Georg Arnold Consul und Kommerzienrat Reichel und Regierungsrat a.D. Ehszescineki.

Nachdem Sr. Majestät in ein für Hofe der Brauerei errichtetes geschmack volles Zelt geleitet worden war, sprach das liebreizende Töchterchen des Herrn Direktors Brüne, Fräulein Erna Brüne einen poetischen "Willkommensgruß", von Herrn Professor Oertel verfaßt, welcher folgenden Wortlaut hatte:

Willkommen Herr in uns'er Heimatsflur!

Du kennst sie ja, Du hast sie oft durchzogen,

Du weißt, sie zeigt bescheid'ne Reize nur; nicht Merresflut, nur Korn und Wipfel wogen; nicht stolz umrahmt Dich Hochtgebirgsnatur, nur Hügel wölben sich in sanftem Bogen.
Heut'eile nicht, heut hemm Deine Schritte und rast'ein Weilchen froh in unsrer Mitte

Willkommen Herr, in uns rer Heimatstadt! Am Heiderande schien sie weltverloren, kein Dom, kein Prunkbau fand hier seine Statt. Arm lag sie vor der reichen Hauptstadt Toren. Doch blieb sie's nicht. Denn der Gewerbefleiß hat, Sie sich zu seinem Lieblingssitz erkoren, Wo Arbeit und Erfolg sich glücklich einen; Ein Bild von Deinem Sachsenland im Kleinen.

Willkommen, Herr, der Werkgenossenschaft! Hier, wo sich hundert fleiss`ge Hände regen, wo tausendhändig die Maschine schaffl, der gelben Gerstenfelder Aehrensegen, veredelt durch des Hopfens würz'ge Kraft, in flüssig Gold geschäftig umzuprägen. Dem Du geruhtest - uns zu hohen Ehren An Deinem Tisch ein Plätzchen zu gewähren. Auch unser Herz gewannst Du, wie es Dir, Allüberall, wo Du nur warst, gelungen, "Wir lieben Dich" so ist es eben hier, aus treuer Männer Munde Dir erklungen, "Wir lieben Dich" so sei's gesagt von mir, mit diesem Strauss auch für die Schar der Jungen: So mögen denn die Jungen wie die Alten, Dich und Dein Haus für immer lieb behalten.

Nachdem der König der Sprecherin einige liebenswürdige Worte der Anerkennung gesagt und einen Strauß prachtvoller Rosen aus ihrer Hand entgegengenommen hatte, hielt Herr Kommerzienrat Arnhold eine Ansprache.

...Am Eingang desselben begrüßte und empfing den Monarchen die Geschäftsleitung, der technische Direktor Herr Brüne, der kaufmännische Leiter Herr Matthias und der Vorsitzende des Aufsichtsrats, Herr Kommerzienrat Arnhold aus Dresden. Der letztere richtete an den Hohen Gast einige Begrüßungsworte und teilte mit, daß die Geschäftsleitung eine Stiftung von 10.000,-- M zum Wohle ihres Personals errichtet habe.

Am Pavillon überreichte das Töchterchen des Herrn Direktor Brüne Sr. Majestät einen Blumenstrauß unter Aussagen eines sinnigen Poems... Die Direktion der Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei bildet z.Zt. Herr Direktor C. Brüne und Herr Direktor E. Matthias und steht ersterer schon seit über 23 Jahren an leitender Stelle des Unternehmens...


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Conrad Brüne retired on the 1st of November 1923 in Langebrück where he had bought a nice property.

He lived until a stupid but fatal accident : he injured himself by missing the steps coming off the train, which took his life on July 22, 1931.


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A building of the Radeberger Pilsner carries the name Conrad Brüne

In 2006 the firm had approximately 250 employees in Radeberg .

It inaugurated the commissioning for its staff of a new "social" building which was named "Conrad Brüne Haus", honoring one of its historic leaders who has significantly marked the history of the Radeberger Pilsner.


Conrad Brüne, first master-brewer and then manager of the brewery "Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei" from 1886 to 1923, is considered to be one of the decisive artisans of the brand's worldwide reputation.


Fritz Heinrich Brüne

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Born on October 18, 1893 in Radeberg i. Sachsen, died on 31 Jan 1974 in Königtsein i. Taunus, Fritz marries on 2 Dec 1919 in Radeberg i. Sachsen, Carmen Johanna Martha Stulz, born on 29 Jan 1901 in Radeberg i. Sachsen, died on 6 Jul 1983 in Heidelberg.

Conrad Brüne (1853 - 1931), then Kommerzienrat and Director of Radeberger Exportbier Brauerei bought * in 1925 for his sons Hellmuth (1890 - 1975) and Fritz (my grandfather, 1893 - 1974) the glass factory Gebr. Eibenstein Glashüttenwerke Gmbh in Bischofswerda which kept this name but whose telegraphic address became "Brüneglass Bischofswerda" and the logo G.E.B.


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* Herbert Friedrich, a friend of Hellmuth Brüne, was also a big shareholder when he bought the Eibenstein factory. This family was a socks manufacturer in Chemnitz.

The manufacturing program focuses on the glass of lamps & electric street lamps.

Here more photos from this factory - at the time and until the 1980s probably. In June 2006, everything was nothing but ruins and desolation. See here an article (in German) dedicated to this firm.

In 1942, the younger brother of Fritz and Hellmuth became director of the factory, which then had 151 workers, a figure in constant decline until the shutdown on April 30, 1945.

Among their suppliers was the "Gebr. Cüppers" chemical factory in Dresden, created by the Fritz brothers and Wilhelm Cüppers in the late 1890s. Fritz's son, Fritz Jr., became a friend of Fritz Brüne, and also had to leave Radeberg for the West at the end of the war (1939-1945). When he retired, he occupied with his wife Thea the ground floor apartment available in the house of Fritz Brüne in Königstein i.Taunus.

As for the company, later taken over by the descendants of Fritz Cüppers (Hellmuth, Steffen and Nicolaus) under the name Cüppers Chemie GmbH specializing in enamel, finally went bankrupt in the 2000s. In 2011, the location hosts a company specializing in recycling.

Herbert Brüne and his right-hand man Bruno Bachmann worked since June 25, 1945 with the help of 10 employees to restart the activities of the factory. On October 30, 1945, the Soviet military administration (SMAD) seized the capital of the company. Production resumed in January 1946 with more than 150 workers. On June 30, 1946 it was expropriated and placed under the tutelage of the Land of Sachsen ..

Fritz had left the area for Bavaria to protect is family from the Russians, leaving his brother Hellmuth (or Herbert?) To run their businesses.

Hellmuth (or Herbert) managed to maintain the management until 1948 when, by decision of the local authorities, Bruno Bachmann became the Director of "VEB Gebr Eibenstein Bischofswerda"

Fritz, 56, and Hellmuth, 59, started from scratch and built a new glass factory "Brüne Glas" in Porz near Cologne (on leased land) soon joined by their younger brother and engineer Herbert, 47.


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Left to right : Fritz Brüne, Klaus Brüne son of Fritz (behind a non identified lady) and Hellmuth Brüne. The two men on the right have not been identified.


Fritz and his brothers later transmitted the co-management of the factory to the next generation, retiring from business in the late sixties. Fritz retired in Köngistein i. Taunus where he was to die in 1974.


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The end of the land lease as well as economic and competitive reasons forced its closure in 1971. In good years, more than 400 employees worked there. Since then, the plant was replaced by a complex of apartment buildings.

On the left, front page of a Bruene-Glas catalog



Sources and thanks
  • The descendants of Ernst Anton Brüne, family archive, "Ahnenpass"
  • Marco Schröder (Dresden) - AAA-grand-nephew of Johanna Christiane Schröder, second wife of Ernst Anton Brüne. Marco is the author of the excellent 101-page "Die Geschichte unserer Familie", published in January 2008
  • Archives of the company "Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei" thanks to the kindness of L. Hiller, Verkaufsdirektor.
  • "Biblioteksjournal" by Christian Weisse - Bibliothek Zittau (Dipl Ing D. Mauerhoff)
  • Dr. F. J. Lahme for his research on the descendants of Jobst Brüne (Bontkirchen).