The history of Kleinblatt bakery goes back to 1903
That was the year in which Jacob Kleinblatt and his wife Rifka Rosenfeld opened a bakery in Cracow, Poland. The Kleinblatts, the great-grandparents of today’s owners, had 6 children: 3 sons and 3 daughters.
The three sons, Hirsch, Moishe and Abraham, migrated to Antwerp in the early 1920s. Hirsch Kleinblatt and his wife Regina opened a bakery at Wipstraat 11. Moishe and Abraham, on the other hand, initially opted to work in the diamond industry, but joined their brothers in the bakery after the 1929 stock market crash. Fortunately, the bakery business was doing well. So much so, in fact, that in 1931 the bakery moved to Provinciestraat 206 in Antwerp, where you will still find it today.
The Second World War was a painful period and the Kleinblatt family was not spared. The bakery had to shut its doors in 1942. The Germans cleared everything out. The family went underground at various addresses at home and abroad. Some family members were captured and deported. They never came back.
After liberation, Regina and Moishe returned to the bakery, where other surviving family members also found work and a home.
Golda Kleinblatt, the daughter of Hirsch and Regina, lost her first husband in the war. She married Kurt Maneles, with whom she moved to Canada to seek happiness. They returned to the bakery on Provinciestraat in the mid-1950s and together they built the Kleinblatt bakery into a booming business.
Today, the Kleinblatt bakery is run by the Kleinblatt, Maneles and Korenblit families. The directors are Henry Maneles and Dan Korenblit, and they employ some 20 members of staff. Kleinblatt is famous not only for its breads and pastries but also for its pralines, party cakes, ice cream and pasta. The bakery supplies its products to around 20 other shops in Antwerp and Brussels. Its kosher pasta is even exported abroad to places such as London and Paris.