Erich went to China in 1934 as a sales representative for the German iron enterprise Otto Wolff. From 1939 to 1941 he lived with his future wife, Elisabeth Neubauer, in Chongquin and Kunming while representing the firms Renault and Michelin. After the Burma Road was blocked by Japanese troops in 1941 and the associated halt in the delivery of cars on this route, he went to Shanghai and subsequently to Argentina and Brazil.
Erich's 1949 visa cites his place of origin as Paris and a passport issued in Shanghai. His 1951 visa gives his place of origin as "R.S. Peña" - presumably one of several places in Argentina named after former president Roque Sáenz Peña. These visas, along with another issued in 1952, are temporary.
Sources (click here for generic source information)
Friedrich Nothmann: Die Geschichte der Familie Nothmann, 1939 page 231;
Irene Eber, ed., Jewish refugees in Shanghai 1933-1947, Archive of Jewish History and Culture, v. 3 (Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018), page 635, footnote 40;
Jens Damm, Mechthild Leutner, Hauke Neddermann eds., China in a Global Context: Perspectives on and from China, Bilingual edition, (Lit Verlag; 2019), page 75 footnote 101;
With thanks to EL for his help with researching this person.
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