Richard Lehmann was born on 22 April 1864. He was married to Elsbeth Lehmann, née Joel. He was the director of a wool factory and proprietor of the theatre-cinema “Elysium”. In 1935, Richard and Elsbeth Lehmann moved into a house at Falterweg 13 in the Eichkamp estate after their villa in Niederschöneweide was expropriated. Both were native Berliners and unaffiliated with any religion, but they were deemed “non-Aryan” in Nazi jargon. Their daughter Edith was able to flee to London. The Lehmanns had to leave their home, probably due to its sale in 1939, and registered as resident first in Lankwitz, and later in the Jewish hospital at Iranische Strasse 2 in Wedding. They had to give much of their property to the tax office as “atonement tax”.
They were both deported to Theresienstadt on the “85th transport to the East” on 2 February 1943. Richard Lehmann died four months later, aged 79, on 4 June 1943. Elsbeth Lehmann was deported from Theresienstadt to Auschwitz where she was murdered, aged 72.
The house at Falterweg 13 had belonged to a lawyer, Louis (Ludwig) Hayn and his wife Meta, before the Lehmanns moved in. In 1933, Louis and Meta Hayn, both in their early fifties, and their almost 10-year-old son, Rolf, left the country. They embarked on an emigration odyssey that took them via Paris and Barcelona to the United States. In 1939 the house and grounds were registered by the then-conventional phrase as having changed hands in an “emergency sale”.