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To save his mother

The efforts of a desperate son

“I want to bring my mother to America and I cannot wait until the immigration quota is opened again. You will undoubtedly know that the emigration from Germany has been stopped on account of the exhausted quota. According to my information, there is a waiting time of about one year.”


Thanks to the intervention of William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1933 to 1937, Erich M. Lipmann managed to immigrate to the U.S. in 1936. By the time the 26-year-old made this impassioned plea to Dodd to help his mother, Martha Lipmann, leave Germany and join him in Cleveland, he had already spent two years in the US. The letter displayed here is but one in a long series of increasingly frantic attempts by Lippmann to save his mother. Over the course of several years, he tirelessly approached anyone who might be of help.



Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin


Martha Lipmann Collection, AR 6355


Box 1, folder 1

Source available in English


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