Heinz Liepmann, German author and journalist and contributor to the Jewish Daily Bulletin, arrived here yesterday aboard the S. S. American Trader for a two months’ lecture tour.
There is a better than even chance, in his opinion, Liepmann said yesterday, that the Saar will vote in favor of maintaining its status quo, under League of Nations jurisdiction, in the January plebiscite. He spoke as a member of the inquiry commission which has been gathering facts concerning the territory.
Liepmann’s first lecture will be given in New York City on November 15. His visit here is under the management of the Bralans Lecture Bureau.
He is now in the course of writing a new book, he said yesterday, designed specifically for Jewish children. It will tell the story of a Jewish child and the suffering which Nazism brought into his life.
Liepmann is perhaps best known for “Murderâ€”Made in Germany,” a work which won the Harper Prize for 1929, and which was acclaimed as a strong argument against the Hitler government.
His mission here, he said, will include efforts in behalf of a movement against Nazism, with which he has been prominently identified.
He himself is a victim of the Hitler regime, which he fought vigorously while he was in Germany. Born in Hamburg, he is the member of a family which had been in the Reich for ten generations. His father was killed while fighting for the Fatherland during the World War. His mother had died of starvation during the same period.
Liepman, who had been trained as a manual worker, came to New York after the war and spent some time here. Subsequently he returned to Germany to enter a writing career. His interest in economic problems led him into politics, in which he achieved some degree of prominence.
Following Hitler’s ascent to power the author organized scattered opposition to Nazism, a fact which eventually caused him to be sent to a concentration camp. There, he says, he was so ill-treated that his health was irreparably damaged.
Escaping from the camp, he fled to Holland, and later to Paris, where he found sanctuary and where he recently has done most of his writing.
During his present stay in America, he will lecture in various cities in the United States and Canada.