Micaela Busch

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Micaela Busch
Profession circus director
Personal details
Born 1913-05-07 in Germany
Dead 1969-09-24 in Sweden

Spouse(s) Emil Wacker

Country Sweden

Title animal trainer 1957-1958
Location at Circus Mijares-Schreiber in Sweden

Title director 1952-1962
Location at Circus Busch-Berlin in Germany

Title animal trainer -
Location at Circus Busch (Paul Busch) in Germany

Relevant literature
Biography details

Constance Micaela Busch , circus director in Sweden

Born 1913-05-07 in Germany dead 1969-09-24 in Sweden , son of director Paula Busch and assistant director Alois Uhl .

Constance Micaela Busch was a third-generation member of one of the oldest circus dynasties in Germany. The famous Circus Busch was founded by her grandfather Paul and grandmother Constance Busch on June 29th 1884 in Svendborg, Denmark. In 1888, the circus moved to Germany. Three years later, they opened a circus building in Altona, Hamburg.

1911: Paula Busch married Dr. Alois Uhl, and had a daughter with him, Micaela.
1913: Micaela Busch was born.
1924: Paula Busch divorced Alois Uhl.
1927: Paul Busch died, and Paula Busch became director.
1936-08-19: Micaela Busch married Emil Wacker, who was directing Circus Busch.
1936: Paula Busch bought most of Adolf Strassburgers circus Circus Strassburger, since Strassburger fled to Netherlands, during the german Nazi period.
1937: Emil and Micaelas son Paul Busch Jr. was born.

1943: In the spring of 1943, Hans Strassburger left the Netherlands to work for Circus Busch in Breslau. He presented own animal groups and performed an equestrian act together with Micaela Busch. In the same year Hans Strassburger was drafted into the Wehrmacht. After a few months, he was released from the army service and returned to the Circus Busch and his animals.
In November 1943, Micaela learned that she had been reported to the Gestapo. Her private secretary had accused her of favoring Jews.
Micaela decided to flee and left Germany with her son Paul and Hans Strassburger. This was achieved with the support of the siblings Gilbert Houcke, Sacha Houcke, and Nadia Houcke who presented their trained animals at the Circus Busch. The Houckes, who came from an old circus aristocracy, had not only the French but also the Swedish citizenship and operated a small circus at Furuviksparken, a zoo and amusement park in Gävle, situated at central Sweden’s East Cost.
The Group from Breslau arrived to Furviksparken in Gävle with horses, elephants, and tigers.

Micaela became a Swedish citizen due to her marriage to Swedish record swimmer Sven Gerhold, but this relationship did not last for long. However, gaining the Swedish citizenship turned out to be unbelievably valuable, because it prevented her animals from being confiscated by the allied forces after World War II.

In the post-war period, Micaela Busch and Hans Strassburger founded the Suecia circus. This was a company designed to lease trained animal groups, either presented by Micaela and Hans Strassburger or rented out without their show participation to other circuses.
Johanna Prantz, Micaela Busch (1913–1969) The Tragic Story Of Germany’s Youngest Equestrienne

1954: Paula Busch and her daughter Micaela tried with considerable courage to keep the fathers businesses going. Micaela Busch is traveling with part of the circus through India and Ceylon and does not intend to come back anytime soon, because German circus is as exotic today in Asia as exotic groups once did in Germany.

1957-1958: toured with Swedish Circus Mijares-Schreiber

1960-1961: Returned to Germany and started a new circus with her mother Paula Busch, which lasted a year.

1961: Returned to Sweden.

1969-09-24: Died of Cancer.

Micaela Busch s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Micaela Busch
Born: 1913-05-07

Paula Busch

Born: 1886

Paternal Grandfather:
Paul Busch

Born: 1850
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Paternal Grandmother:
Constanze Busch

Born: ?
Paternal Great-grandfather::
Paternal Great-grandmother:

Alois Uhl


Maternal Grandfather:

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). director Constance Micaela Busch in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 19 June 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=234. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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