Wednesday, September 8, 2010
MONUMENT AND GRAVE MARKERS OF MAX HASSEL AND THE HASSEL FAMILY - Kesher Zion Cemetery, Cumru Township, Berks County, PA
In honor of the Jewish New Year I post today and tomorrow photos from two of the Jewish cemeteries near my home. Today is the monument and grave markers of the Hassel Family, a very prominent family in Berks County for many years. The most famous member, Max, was a well known bootlegger and philanthropist and, unfortunately, was murdered in 1933 at only age 32. When Prohibition ended Max, who never carried a gun and only wanted to be a successful businessman, wanted to break his connection with the Mob and go legit. The Mob's answer - Max got a bullet in the head. His life story is very interesting and is chronicled in a wonderful book by a good friend of mine, Ed Taggert. Contact me if you want some more details. Notice on Max's grave plate that it is written in Hebrew and English.