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Heinz Lippmann aboard the QUEEN EMMA

Date: 29 August 1939
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Heinz Lippmann
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0219[004]

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    A black and white photograph of five young men in suits, leaning against the stern rail of the QUEEN EMMA. Heinz 'Henry' Lippmann is seen second from the left.
    The group were crossing the English channel from Hook van Holland in Holland to Harwich in England after leaving Berlin earlier in the month. This group of about 100 boys were from the ORT Technical School in Berlin and were part of the legally organised transport that went to England that was officially allowed to cross the German border.
    SignificanceThis photograph is part of a collection of personal papers belonging to Heinz Lippmann that provide an insight into an important episode in the history of Australian migration this century.
    They are primary sources in the DUNERA case in which the ship, HMT DUNERA, transported German and Austrian Jewish refugees from England to Australia in 1940. On arrival in Australia these men were interned in a camp at Hay and later at Orange in New South Wales. Lippmann was then moved toTatura in Victoria.
    HistoryHeinz 'Henry' Lippmann studied electrical engineering at the ORT Technical School in Berlin. He was 17 years old when the school, fearing the political environment of Germany, arranged for around 100 of the boys from the school to leave Berlin for England. The ORT arranged the paperwork and the boys travelled to Harwich on the English coast by the new Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland (SMZ) vessel, QUEEN EMMA.
    On arrival in England Lippmann travelled to Leeds where he continued his electrical engineering studies at the Leeds ORT Technical Enginering School. Six months later he found himself, along with hunderds of other young men aboard the HMT DUNERA on his way to Australia.

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