Henry Birnbrey, the founder of our firm, embodies the spirit of our practice: a commitment to the highest professional standards, a personal stake in the wellbeing of our clients, and enduring dedication to our community.
Henry escaped Nazi Germany on an emergency visa procured by his family, one of the “One Thousand Children” rescued and brought to the United States between 1934 and 1945. Henry’s father died in early 1939 after being arrested and severely beaten on Kristallnacht. Shortly afterward, Henry lost contact with his mother, who also died.
When World War II began, Henry enlisted in the U.S. Army. He participated in the D-Day invasion, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was part of the advance on Magdeburg, Germany.
At the end of the war in Europe, Henry worked as an interpreter in counter-intelligence interviews before returning home with his division. He established his accounting practice in 1946 after recognizing the growing needs of local merchants, retailers, and grocers in the South.
In the seven decades that have followed, Henry and his partners, supporting accountants, and staff have grown our company into one of the most respected accounting firms in the country. Henry continues to serve as our leader and remains an active part of the Jewish, Atlanta, and accounting communities. We invite you to learn more about his story on the website for the Willam Brennan Jewish Heritage Museum.