Lazar Brodsky

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Lazarus Izrayilovych Brodsky (1848 - 1904) - Ukrainian businessman of Jewish origin, sugar magnate, philanthropist and patron. Lazar Brodsky was born in Kiev in the family of Jewish entrepreneur Israel Brodsky and together with his brother Lev (Leon) inherited his father's very successful sugar production business. He also headed Alexandria Society of sugar mills, that controlled more than one fourth of the total sugar production in the Russian Empire.
Lazar Brodsky was widely known as philanthropist, he financed Jewish hospital in Kiev, and Jewish schools. Other city institutions were established with his funds - Bacteriological Institute, Besarabsky Market, Lazar Brodsky supported the development of the tramway communications in Kiev.
He financed the construction of the biggest synagogue in Kiev, that later was named after him. The building was constructed in 1897–1898, in Brodsky' estate.

He was the initiator and one of the sponsors of the construction of Polytechnic Institute in Kiev.

Awards and regalia[edit]

Lazar Brodsky was Member of the Board of the St. Petersburg International Commercial Bank, Director of the Board of the Kiev water facilities association, Managing Director and member of the Board of the Society of the steam powered flour mills, founder and the Chairman of the Board of the Second Steamship Company on the Dnieper River, Member of the Kiev Mutual Credit Society.

Selected buildings donated to Kiev city either built at L. Brodsky' funds[edit]

Lazar Brodsky died on September 19, 1904 from diabetes mellitus in Basel, on September 24 his body was brought to Kiev and the same day the funeral was organized at the Choral Synagogue. Brodsky was buried in a marble tomb at Lukyanovka Jewish cemetery (the tomb has not survived); best people of the city attended the ceremony, including the governor, the mayor commander, and the mayor. According to Kiev newspapers, about 150 wreaths was sent for the funeral, ten of them were made of silver.
Lazar Brodsky did not have sons, only four daughters, and after his death his brother Leo inherited the dynasty.