Karl Strassburger

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Karl Strassburger
Profession circus director
Personal details
Born ? in Germany
Dead 1953-05-07 Trelleborg in Sweden

Spouse(s) Regina Strassburger

Country Germany

Work locations
Title director 1919-
Location at Circus Strassburger in Netherlands

Biography details

Leopold Karl Strassburger , circus director in Germany

Born ? in Germany dead 1953-05-07 in Sweden , son of director Adolf Strassburger Jr. .

1919: His father Adolf Strassburger died.

Leopold Karl Strassburger, took over the circus and married his cousin, Leopolds (Adolfs brother) daughter Regina Strassburger, and together with Reginas sister Elly Strassburger and Karls brother Hans Strassburger they brought the circus into one of the largest in Europe, travelling in two units.

1936: Karl Strassburger moved to Holland

1938: Toured Sweden with Henning Orlando under the name Cirkus Orlando-Strassburger.

World war II and Circus Mikkenie-Strassburger

Karl Strassburger
Karl Strassburger performed until into the German occupation of Holland in 1940, and even during the occupation as Circus Mikkenie, where Frans Mikkenie, a non-Jewish Dutch circus man, officially ran the circus.

Death of Karl Strassburger

1953-05-07: During the Swedish tour, Karl Strassburger died by drowning in the town Trelleborg. Officially because of Heart problems, but a Swedish doctor from Goethenburg, who made a health check one months before, wrote that the Heart and blood pressure was good. The Swedish circus historian Alf Danielsson, writes that there was a general opinopn within the circus people that Karl Strassburger committed suicide.

After Karl Strassburger died in Trelleborg in 1953, the sisters Regina Strassburger and Elly Strassburger tok over the management of the circus.


Total: 1 children

  1. Gisele Strassburger.


Siblings through the father Adolf Strassburger Jr. (?-?):

  1. Hans Strassburger
  2. Regina Strassburger
  3. Sophia Strassburger
  4. Rosa Strassburger

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). director Gisele Strassburger in Netherlands. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 26 March 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=880. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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