Patrizia Guarnieri

Intellectuals Displaced from Fascist Italy.

Migrants, Exiles and Refugees Fleeing for Political and Racial Reasons

©2019-Author(s) Published by Firenze University Press
e-ISBN: 978-88-6453-872-3 | DOI: 10.36253/978-88-6453-872-3

Intellectuals Displaced from Fascist Italy

Ernst Abrahamson (1905-1958)

Other headings: Ernst Ludwig Abrahamson, Ernst Ludwig Abrahamsohn, Ernest Ludwig Abrahamson

Berlin 26 December 1905 - Saint Louis (Missouri, USA) 18 December 1958

Lives on the move

Emigrant family members

  • Edith Rodler (13 February 1913, Troppau-Opava, Austro-Hungarian Empire, later Czechoslovakia - USA 28 June 1963), fiancée: she joined Abrahamson in February 1940; they married 10 February 1940. They had three children: Edward Lawrence Rodler Abrahamson (1944-1965), David Stephen Rodler Abrahamson (1947) and one girl who died after the delivery.

Aid organisations

  • Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars
  • National Coordinating Committee (National Refugee Service since 1939) 
  • National Council of Jewish Women, Department of Immigrant Aid, El Paso, Mexico 
  • Oberlander Trust, Philadelphia


References Declared on Application to ECADFS, a.a. 1941-42:

  • Paul Oskar Kristeller, Columbia University; 
  • D. E. Carrington Lancaster, Modern Language Association of America; 
  • Ludwig Edelstein, Johns Hopkins University; 
  • Hans Staudinger, New School for Social Research.

Effective References:
  • Professor Thompson, Department of Latin and Romance Languages, Howard University, Washington;
  • Wolfgang Seiferth;
  • Erwin Panofsky, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Support network

  • Lucien L. Goldschmidt (1912-1992), antique dealer of rare books and art dealer, immigrated to New York in 1937: gave him accommodation in the early days.
  • Prof. Shereshevsky (?), gave him the affidavit. 
  • Fanny Zlabovsky, National Council of Jewish Women, El Paso: housed Abrahamson's wife and helped with their residency permit. 
  • Erwin Panofsky, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.



Birth and Education

  • Friedrichs-Werderschen Gymnasium of Berlin; University of Berlin, Freiburg, Heidelberg and Göttingen; postgraduate course in Paris; German University in Prague.
  • Student

Research Assistant

  • Heidelberg University
  • Fixed-term employment
  • Junior lecturer

Emigration to Italy

  • Boarding school for refugees Landschulheim Florenz
  • Fixed-term employment
  • Teacher
1937Châlons-sur-Marne (France)

Transfer to France

  • The Normal School of Teachers
  • Freelance job,Fixed-term employment
  • Teacher
1939New York

Emigration to the USA

  • Unemployed

First Job

  • Howard University, Washington
  • Fixed-term employment
  • Untenured professor

Transfer to Cuba to Obtain a Visa

  • Unemployed
1940Stillwater (Oklahoma)

University Appointment

  • Stillwater Community College
  • Fixed-term employment
  • Untenured professor

In Search of a New Job

  • Occasional job
  • Non-intellectual job
1942Annapolis (Maryland)

Tutoring Job

  • St. John's College, Annapolis
  • Fixed-term employment
  • Untenured professor
1949St. Louis

Transfer and Settling in 1951

  • Washington University
  • Fixed-term employment,Stable employment
  • Untenured professor,Tenured professor
1958St. Louis