Guide to the Martha Lipmann Collection, 1927-1980 

AR 6355

Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2011-07-27. Finding aid written in English.
December 07, 2011  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Lipmann, Martha (née Spier), 1889-
Creator:Lipmann, Erich
Title:Martha Lipmann Collection
Dates: bulk 1936-1942
Abstract: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.
Languages:This collection is in German and English.
Quantity:5 folders
Identification:AR 6355
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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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.

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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.

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Access and Use

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

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Martha Lipman Collection; AR 6355; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Container list:

11Correspondence and documents1936-1938
12Correspondence and documents1939-1940
13Correspondence and documents1941-1942
14Family photographs1927-1929
15Synagogue bulletin and correspondence1978-1980
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