Friday, February 15, 2013

Nouveau Cirque de Paris?


Nouveau Cirque de Paris. (D[irectio]n Emilienne Amar). (Porte Maillot - avril 1946). Groupe du dompteur tchécoslovaque Malek. [Au verso:] Groupe confisqué aux Allemands, au titre des réparations, par le gouvernement tchécoslovaque. Appartenait au Cirque Busch-Wacker. Acheté par les frères Bouglione en avril 1947, par l'intermédiaire de Robert Henry, marchand d'animaux sauvages de Bruxelles, il ne se composait plus que de 6 lions. Fin 1954, il ne restait plus qu'un lion de ce groupe

Translated by Google:   Nouveau Cirque de Paris. (D [irectio] n Emilienne Amar). (Porte Maillot - April 1946). Czechoslovak Malek Tamer Group. [On the back:] Group Germans confiscated, for repairs, by the Czechoslovak government. Belonged to the Circus Busch-Wacker. Purchased by the brothers Bouglione in April 1947, through Robert Henry, a merchant of wild animals in Brussels, it consisted of more than six lions. End of 1954, there were more than a lion this group



 Nouveau Cirque de Paris. (D[irectio]n Emilienne Amar). (Porte Maillot - avril 1946). Groupe du dompteur tchécoslovaque Bénès (4 mâles. 3 femelles). [Au verso :] Groupe confisqué aux Allemands, au titre des réparations, par le gouvernement tchécoslovaque. Appartenait au Cirque Busch-Wacker. (4 tigres, 3 tigresses). Acheté par les frères Bouglione en avril 1947, par l'intermédiaire de Robert Henry, marchand d'animaux sauvages de Bruxelles. Le plus gros des tigres meurt en juin 1948 d'une affection cardiaque. 2 tigresses meurent en Allemagne au cours de l'été 1952. Fin 1954, il ne reste plus que 3 tigres et 1 tigresse de ce groupe. Avec 1 autre tigresse, ils forment un nouveau numéro présenté par le dompteur Scherif (alias Schuma)

Translated by Google:  Nouveau Cirque de Paris. (D [irectio] n Emilienne Amar). (Porte Maillot - April 1946). Group tamer Czechoslovak Benes (4 males. 3 females). [On the back:] Group Germans confiscated, for repairs, by the Czechoslovak government. Belonged to the Circus Busch-Wacker. (4 tigers, three tigers). Purchased by the brothers Bouglione in April 1947, through Robert Henry, a merchant of wild animals in Brussels. The biggest of the tigers died in June 1948 of a heart condition. Two tigresses die in Germany in the summer of 1952. End of 1954, there are only three tigers and one tigress in this group. With one another tigress, they form a new issue presented by the trainer Scherif (aka Schumacher)

'Does anyone have any idea what "confiscate for repairs" means?  Reparation possibly,
measures taken by the state to redress gross and systematic violations of human rights law or humanitarian law?  Does anyone know any more about this incident?  The props in the acts look familiar, were they confiscated also and who else used the props in later years?  Clubb, Crebbers, are you there?'

3 comments:

Bjorn said...

Wade,
these acts where all cofiscated right at the end of WWII by the checz goverment, all the acts where owned by German Circusses, something similar happend with the 5 elephants that came to ringling with Hugo Schmidt, only they where confiscated by the Danisch goverment at the end of WWII. But I think Jim Clubb can get you more info about this.

Jamie Clubb said...

Benes was a trainer know to us in the UK, as he worked for Sir Robert Fossett's, presenting their tiger act. Bailey Fossett said he had a major drink problem. He previously worked for Circus Knie and helped train and later present their nine polar bears and three Himalayan black bears. The trainer, Scherif, that is mentioned, came to Robert Brothers in 1952 to take over a group of lions and was killed at their winter quarters while practising them. A male lion caught his claws in a woolen sweater and he fell on the floor by the cage door. The lion was only about 18 months old, but it killed him before they could get him out. Tommy Roberts Snr. went in, but he told me it was already too late. He is buried in the churchyard at Polebrook and I often look at his grave if we attend a funeral there.

lambrecht said...

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