Guide to Loewenstein Family Papers
undated, 1937-1949


Processed by Amir Zelinger

Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Loewenstein Family
Title: Loewenstein Family Papers
Dates:undated, 1937-1949
Abstract: This collection consists of correspondence between members of the Loewenstein family, mainly Eric Loewenstein in New York City, his brother Gerhard Loewenstein in London, and their mother Marie Loewenstein in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The collection includes letters about Eric Loewenstein’s struggles at starting a new life in the United States after fleeing Nazi Germany and the brothers’ attempt to find an immigration solution for their mother.
Languages: The collection is in English and German.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)
Identification: P-1043
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note

Letter to Eric Loewenstein from his mother, Marie Loewenstein, dated July 27, 1938.

Eric Loewenstein was born as Erich Loewenstein on October 19, 1917 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1937 and became a naturalized citizen in 1944. At first, Loewenstein lived in New York City where he tried to find a job as a broker. In 1938 he moved to Fall River, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and served abroad during World War II. In 1944, Eric married Jeanne Stabin (born in 1920 in New York City to Benjamin and Sara Rubin Stabin), a Fall River schoolteacher. Around this time, Eric changed his last name to Lawson. Eric and Jeanne lived in Fall River until their deaths in December 1, 2006 and September 6, 2016, respectively. They had two children, Mark and Denise.

Gerhard Loewenstein, Eric's brother, was born in 1916 in Frankfurt am Main. He immigrated to London, where he worked in the stock exchange. Later in his life, he changed his name to Gerald A. Lawson.

Marie Loewenstein was Eric and Gerhard's mother. She was born as Marie Loewensberg in 1889 in Frankfurt am Main. She immigrated to the United States in 1939 and was naturalized in 1944. Upon her arrival to the United States, she lived with her son, Eric, in Fall River. She stayed in Fall River until her death in 1984.


Materials from the collection

"Obituary of Jeanne Lawson" Herald News (Fall River, MA), September 10, 2016.


1889Marie Loewenstein is born.
1916Gerhard Loewenstein is born.
October 19, 1917Eric Loewenstein is born.
1937Eric Loewenstein immigrates to the United States.
1938Eric Loewenstein moves to Fall River.
1939Marie Loewenstein immigrates to the United States.
1943Eric Loewenstein enlists in the U.S. Army.
1944Eric Loewenstein and Jeanne Stabin marry.
1944Eric and Marie Loewenstein become naturalized citizens of the United States.
1984Marie Loewenstein dies.
December 1, 2006Eric Lawson dies.
September 6, 2016Jeanne Lawson dies.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personal correspondence, mainly in German, between the Loewenstein family members. Most of the letters span from late 1937 to late 1938, Eric Loewenstein’s first year in the United States. They revolve around Eric’s efforts at settling in the United States, especially his struggles at finding a job and his attempts to utilize family contacts (mainly his uncles) for this goal. The letters also contain detailed descriptions of events in the immigrant’s daily life, such as going to the dentist or dating, and his reflections on cultural differences between the United States and Germany. Another central theme of the correspondence is Eric and Gerhard Loewenstein’s endeavor to arrange their mother’s escape from Nazi Germany. The last folders of the collection contain numerous love letters by Jeanne Stabin to her future husband.

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This collection is arranged into a single series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Loewenstein Family Papers; P-1043; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Dan Johnson in 2011.

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Container List

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Series I: Loewenstein Family Papers, undated, 1937-1949

Box 1.


Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

11Correspondence1937 October-Decemberrequest_box
12Correspondence1938 Januaryrequest_box
13Correspondence1938 Februaryrequest_box
14Correspondence1938 Marchrequest_box
15Correspondence1938 Aprilrequest_box
16Correspondence1938 Mayrequest_box
17Correspondence1938 Junerequest_box
18Correspondence1938 July-Augustrequest_box
19Correspondence1938 September-1939 Decemberrequest_box
110Correspondence1940 January-1942 Septemberrequest_box
111Correspondence1943 January-1949 Novemberrequest_box
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