On the connections of Rudolf Ellissen

In response to my question who was Rudolf Ellissen, presumably of New York approx  1910-199?, Cathy Bruneau found this: “ELLISSEN – Olga Kallos of Larchmont, NY and Delray Beach, FL died at her Larchmont home on May 15, 1995. She was the widow of the late Rudolph Ellissen. After graduating from Barnard College, Mrs. Ellissen played tournament tennis and was ranked in the Eastern Section of the U.S. Mrs. Ellissen met her husband, an acclaimed tennis player in Austria and Hungary in 1947. Tennis remained an important part of their lives into their senior years. For more than 30 years, Mrs. Ellissen worked as a personnel examiner for the New York City Department of Personnel. In her retirement years she produced several portraits per year, both on commission and for family members. Mrs. Ellissen was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Mamaroneck, NY. She is survived by a niece and a nephew.”

I am left wondering whether there is a connection with David-Rudolf ELLISSEN, b. 9 Dec 1844-d. 3 Nov 1924, known as Rudolf Ellissen, a banker who moved from Paris to Vienna in 1879. His wife, Julie ELLISSEN [Julie LADENBURG], b. 9 Nov 1849-d. 18 Sep 1922, is likely to have been the Julie Ellissen that was a patient of Freud’s at the Bellevue Sanatorium, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Her patient file is listed as being among Freud’s papers in the Library of Congress.

It is plausible that the tennis player, being born in Vienna, was the grandson of David-Rudolf ELLISSEN, the Paris-Viennese banker, through his son Eduard ELLISSEN, b. 17 Sep 1876-d. 30 Dec 1917. The fact that he went to the USA from Hungary is a small detail in the context of the disruptions of WWII.

Julie Ellissen’s father Moritz LADENBURG, b. 1818-d. 1871 was one of the founders of BASF, originally a dye factory (Badische Anilin- und Soda-Fabrik). BASF merged with various industry partners to create Interessen-Gemeinschaft Farbenindustrie AG (‘Community of interest of the dye industry’) in 1925, otherwise known as IG Farben. IG Farben had a factory at Monowitz in the Auschwitz complex, where synthetic rubber and synthetic oil were produced by slave workers, Elie Wiesel among them. Bizarrely, in the context of the predominantly Jewish background of the founders of the dye factory, IG Farben held the patents for Zyklon B, the gas used to kill Jewish and other prisoners at Auschwitz. (The company was broken up after the war into to its original components BASF, Bayer, Hoechst, Agfa etc.)

Gravestone of Rudolf and Julie Ellissen in Vienna

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2 Responses to On the connections of Rudolf Ellissen

  1. Harold Bradley says:

    Hello John: I found your Ellissen web page very interesting. I’m researching a man named Clotworthy Boyd who was a business partner of Adolf Ellissen in the early 1860s. Do you have any information on Clotworthy Boyd? I’m trying to determine Clotworthy’s relationship to Col. Samuel Boyd who owned many cotton presses in New Orleans in the 1870s. I draw your attention to the following:

    London Gazette of July 24, 1863
    Notice is hereby given, that the partnership between the undersigned, Adolf Ellissen and Clotworthy Boyd, as General Merchants and Commission Agents, in the city of London, and at Shanghai, and Hong Kong, and Fowchowfoo, in China, under the style or firm of A. Ellissen & Co., has been dissolved by mutual consent, as from the 30th day of June, 1863.–As witness our hands this 22nd day of July, 1863.
    Adolf Ellissen
    Clotworthy Boyd

    Thanks very much,

    Harold Bradley
    Alamo, CA

  2. Thanks Harold. I personally haven’t heard of Clotworthy Boyd but my collaborators on Ellissen matters, especially V Nash who is a descent of Adolf Ellissen, may have. Let’s wait to see what they have to say.


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