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Martha Lipmann Collection

Identifier: AR 6355

Scope and Content Note

The collection primarily contains correspondence with various United States government officials in the Senate and State Department, including Senator Theodore Francis Green, with lawyers, banks, travel agencies (including Paul Tausig and American Lloyd), and personal acquaintances regarding Erich Lipmann's efforts to secure passage for his mother Martha Lipmann out of Germany. After initial attempts to obtain a visa for travel directly to the United States failed in 1938-1940, Lipmann focused instead on efforts to transport his mother to Cuba via France or Portugal. He also worked to secure visas for the family of his sister Gertrude Stern in Belgium and for his brother Hans Martin Lipmann to enter the United States. Some documents, including two affidavits from 1938 and 1939, are also present in the collection and are filed with the correspondence.

The earlier correspondence from 1936-1938 with William Dodd and others appears to concern the emigration and settlement of some other individuals, including Erich Lipmann himself.

There are also two family photographs from the 1920s, and the final folder contains some correspondence between Lucy Davidowitz and Charles Sydnor, although the relation between these materials and the rest of the collection is unclear.


  • Creation: 1927-1980
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1936-1942


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

Erich Lipmann left Germany in the mid-1930s and obtained employment at Tremco in Cleveland, where he resided during the period covered in this collection. His mother Martha, born Martha Spier, lived in Hannover and the surrounding region. Some of the letterheads on the correspondence indicate that the family owned a woolens business in Hannover, M. M. Lipmann Wolle. Erich Lipmann had a brother, Hans Martin Lipmann, and a sister Gertrude, who married Max Stern and resided in Antwerp.


5 Folders


Official, legal and personal correspondence documenting Erich Lipmann's (also known as Eric Lipman?) attempts for securing an immigration visa to the United States or Cuba for his mother Martha Lipmann in Germany.


Correspondence is arranged approximately in chronological order. Some documents associated with the correspondence are also filed in this chronological arrangement.

Guide to the Martha Lipmann Collection, 1927-1980  AR 6355
Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • December 07, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States