Lapmann, Johannes, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1959-1993
Abstract: Johannes Lapmann's biographical documents, memoirs, manuscripts, notes, clippings, note books. Drafts, multiplied copies and work sheets of Johannes Lapmann's vision on how to solve world's (mostly economic) problems. Public letters and appeals concerning publishing his works and their introduction to the general public.
Quantity: 1 linear ft.
Language: Estonian, English, Russian
Collection ID: IHRC3791

PROVENANCE

Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005. It was processed as part of a collaborative project between the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2012. Gristel Ramler and Tiina Trumberg of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

Lapmann, Johannes (Lapmann) (Johannes-Rudolf?) April 3.1913 Vihterpalu parish, Harjumaa, Estonia - Sailor, mechanic.

From 1927 served as a sailor on many boats. In 1930s worked at an Estonian newspaper in New York. He decided to return to Estonia in 1940, where he became chairman of a local Soviet council. However, when the Soviet Union took over Estonia after the Hitler-Stalin Pact, Lapmann grew disenchanted with the Communists. He began protesting publicly, and was charged with counterrevolution and betraying his homeland. He was sentenced to 15 years in Siberian prison camps. Released in 1958, Lapmann returned to Estonia. But he was unhappy living under the Soviet system. In 10.09.1972, he tried to escape across the Baltic Sea in a small boat, the attempt failed. This time, he was declared insane and sentenced to a Soviet psychiatric hospital. He was finally released in 1989. His mission was to reform the USSR economy, also wrote a manuscript about ideological economy. He wrote he had "discovered a new precise and extremely important program of reorganization the USSR economy". Was finally freed in 1989. Was invited to USA by a Seattle journalist, who had had an interview with Lapmann. Lapmann lived as a homeless on the streets of New York in 1990. Determined to clear his name, he went to Moscow and, after a hearing, received a certificate from the Independent Psychiatric Association declaring that he was sane and was wrongly institutionalized. He also won verdicts that Estonian courts had violated his human rights.

Father: Juhan Sister: Elfriede - 1908-1988

About Johannes Lapmann: Human Rights Internet Reporter. By Human Rights Internet. Published by Human Rights Internet, 1982 The Seattle Times July 8, 1990. http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19900708&slug=1081098


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The Lapmann, Johannes collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Lapmann, Johannes collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota.

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CITE AS

The Lapmann, Johannes Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

RELATED COLLECTIONS

Estonian State Archives in Tallinn, Estonia: Lapmann, Johannes – Rudolf (born1913) file ERAF.129SM.1.29052

Estonian State Archives in Tallinn, Estonia: Lapmann, Johannes citizenship file ERA.14.14.144 and passport file ERA.1.3.2199


Index Terms

Estonian
Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Biographical documents: Estonian shopping card, medical documents, copies of court sentences, work certificates, invitation to the USA, plane tickets 1959-1992
FOLDER 2. J. Lapmann's short autobiographies compiled by himself and newspaper clippings of articles about J. Lapmann 1989-1991?
FOLDER 3. Notebooks with addresses, notes and diaries 1990?
FOLDER 4. Blotter consisting a diary, memoirs and notes 1991-1992
FOLDER 5. Blotter consisting a diary, memoirs and notes 1992-1993
FOLDER 6. Manuscript of memoirs (2 blotters in English) 1990s
FOLDER 7. Johannes Lapmann's memoirs 1990s
FOLDER 8. Manuscript "Täielik üleproduktsioonilise kriisi lahendus" 1960s?
FOLDER 9. Manuscript "Anatomy of the Economy" (undated)
FOLDER 10. Drafts, multiplied copies and work sheets of Johannes Lapmann's vision on how to solve world's (mostly economic) problems. Public letters and appeals concerning publishing his works and their introduction to the general public 1991-1993
FOLDER 11. Notes, addresses, poems and English learning materials related to J. Lapmann's writings (undated)
FOLDER 12. Correspondence 1966, 1991-1993
FOLDER 13. 2 photos of Johannes Lapmann 1990
FOLDER 14. Collected newspaper clippings 1990-1992
FOLDER 15. Johannes Lapmann's note about his sister Elfriede and Elfriede's letter to Tiiu (?), undated