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Emil Louis Liepmannssohn

Emil Liepmannsohn mit Schwestern (Quelle: privat)
Emil Louis Liepmannssohn mit Sohn Henry Hans, Tochter Hildegard Dittner, Friedrich Dittner, 2. Reihe von rechts Ehefrau Paula, geb. Intlekofer (Quelle: privat)
Martinstr. 8

Steglitz-Zehlendorf – Steglitz

10/04/1870 in Berlin
on the 19th of January 1942 to Riga
in Riga

Emil Louis Liepmanssohn married Helene Luise Auguste, née Wick (1870-1907), of Protestant faith. The marriage produced a daughter, Hildegard Johanna Margarete (born 1903). Hildegard’s birth certificate gives her father’s religion as Mosaic. After his first wife’s death, Emil Louis Liepmanssohn married Henriette Margarete Paula, née Intlekofer (1884-1935), also a Protestant, and they had a son, Henry Hans (born 1911). He was christened in the Matthäuskirche church by Vicar Dr. Bogan in May 1912. Years later, on 21 December 1941, Emil Louis Liepmanssohn wrote in his “statement of assets” that he “left the Jewish religious community 36 years ago, in 1905”.

From 1939, Emil Louis Liepmannssohn’s two unmarried sisters, Johanna and Margarete Caroline, lived with their brother at Martin Strasse 8, Steglitz.

Emil Louis Liepmannsohn’s daughter Hildegard Johanna Margarete married Friedrich Wilhelm Dittner (1904-1967). Their only daughter, Marion Fago, née Dittner, provided most of the information on the family’s history. Emil Louis Liepmannssohn evidently had an enthusiastic interest in technical innovations, as his very early driving licence – number 108, issued on 5 October 1901 – indicates. He was a wholesale textile merchant and, together with Moritz Loeb, co-owner of the firm Moritz Loeb & Co at Scharren Strasse 9a in Berlin C 11. According to his granddaughter, the company mainly produced linen goods for hospitals.

Since both his wives died early, and his Christian son emigrated to South Africa in 1934 (and died in Johannesburg in 1945), Emil Louis Liepmannssohn lost the protection of being in a “privileged mixed marriage” and was classified a “racial Jew” by the Nazis, although he had seceded from the Jewish congregation in 1905.

On 19 January 1942 Emil Louis Liepmannssohn was taken with both his sisters from Martin Strasse 8 to Grunewald station and deported on the “9th transport” to Riga and killed. It is not known whether the siblings ever reached Riga during that unusually cold winter or whether they died on the journey.

Following Emil Louis Liepmannssohn’s deportation, Hildegard Dittner claimed her father’s pension payments in a letter of 28 March 1942 to the president of the superior finance directorate. As “sole heir”, the Victoria Pension Insurance policy assured her payments in the case of her father’s “emigration”, “insofar as these were not prevented under foreign exchange control law”. Her claim was rejected on the grounds that “succession has not occurred”. The items Hildegard’s father gave her by means of a notarially authenticated contract of 15 November 1941, which she also claimed in an extensive correspondence, were eventually released on 3 July 1943. On 24 January 1952, Emil Louis Liepmannssohn was declared dead as of 8 May 1945 by Lichterfelde district court.

Biographical Compilation

Dr. Hildegard Frisius

English Translation

Charlotte Kreutzmüller