Martha Lipmann Collection
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.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
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
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.
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.
- Dodd, William E. (William Edward), 1869-1940 (Person)
- Cohn, Heinz (Person)
- Green, Theodore Francis, 1867-1966 (Person)
- Katzenstein, Alfred (Person)
- Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960 (Person)
- Stern, Max (Person)
- Lipmann, Martha, 1889- (Person)
- Lipmann, Erich (Person)
- United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations (Organization)
- M. M. Lipmann Wolle (Organization)
- Tremco Manufacturing Company (Organization)
- 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.
- December 07, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.