(Eric Otto Lutten)

  • Né le 2 septembre 1904 - Paris, 14th district, France
  • Décédé le 13 février 1975 - Mont-Saint-Jean, Sarthe, France , à l’âge de 70 ans
  • Inhumé - Mont-Saint-Jean, Sarthe, France
  • Journalist


 Union(s) et enfant(s)

 Frères et sœurs

 Demi-frères et demi-sœurs

Du côté de Pauline Niboyet 1881-1937


Notes individuelles

Public bio (in French): https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Lutten

Eric was born in Paris at his parents', avenue d’Orléans (14th district). He died from a heart attack.

He had a fairly traumatic youth as a result of his parents' divorce and WWII. First under his father's custody he's torn between his two parents and their two nations (France and Germany). He ends up under his mother's custody, travels with her and his sisters to La Paz in Bolivia where she has taken a job, cannot handle altitude and returns, alone, to France by boat (he's only 13).

He attends a Boarding school in Switzerland where he gets his high-school degree. He started university, taking some science and language classes, dropped out, did his military service in the French cavalry in Paris and started to work.

From 1930 to 1972 he spends most of his life in Africa with short stays in Paris.

From 1930 to 1935 he works for the leading French museum and ethnographic research organization and participates in two key expeditions in Africa. - Dakar-Djibouti mission (1931-1933) http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_Dakar-Djibouti - Sahara Soudan mission (1935) His responsibilities included logistics and transportation (people and equipment), photo and cinematography, as well as studies of indigenous techniques and rites. Three of his papers are published. His contributions are talked about and used (e.g. pictures) in books and publications in France and worldwide.

His life in or related to Africa does not stop there: - In 1946 he's Business Manager in Douala, Cameroon - Later he is a journalist in Guinea and must leave the country to avoid being arrested by the dictator Sékou Toure - He participates in the foundation of the first news daily in the Ivory coast « Fraternité Matin ». - He is also a consultant to the creation of the small African Museum in Ile d’Aix (near Rochefort) in France founded with souvenirs brought back from Africa by a son of maréchal Gourgaud ( companion of Napoléon in Ste Hélèna). http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_africain_de_l'%C3%AEle_d'Aix - From the late 1950s to his retirement in 1974 he's a journalist and Editor of the Journal de Tanger, then a popular weekly publication in Tangier, Morocco o He was also correspondent for the North of Morocco for the Associated Press and one of the first journalists to be onsite in Agadir after the famous earthquake of 29 February 1960.

During WWII he joined French forces from Africa - As "Attache de Liaison Administrative de 1ere classe" he was cited to the order of the Division with the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star 4 June 1945 for "having penetrated at night in St-Die occupied by ennemy forces in order to take contact with local members of the resistance and gather information on the needs of the city (...) thus allowing a first supply before the first American troups entered. Provided, on this occasion, valuable information to Allied Command" o He also received the American Bronze Star for « meritorious achievement in ground operations against the ennemy European Theater of Operations, 9 November 1944 – 12 March 1945 » le 22 novembre 1954. During this period Eric was attached to the 3rd US Army, 103rd Inf. Div. and participated to the liberation of the castle of Itter in Austria where prominent French personalities were prisoner(former Prime Minister Edouard Daladier, Paul Reynaud, tennis player Jacques Borotra, etc.) Eric's role in this liberation is mentioned in: - A book by Raoul de Broglie: Le Château D’Itter, 5 mai 1943 – 5 mai 1945. - A book by Steven Harding, military historian (NYTimes best seller):The Battle for Castle Itter - An article in the Saturday Evening Post by Meyer Levin : We liberated Who's Who, Article, July 21, 1945

Notes concernant l'union

Union avec Andree Sebastien:

divorce: 15 april 1946 Tribunal Civil de la Seine

Union avec Jacqueline Darracq:

divorce: 26 january 1954 Tribunal Civil de la Seine

Union avec Berthe Ballot:

divorce: 5 march 1963 Tribunal Regional Tanger



  • Personne: Claire-Juliette Beale

 Aperçu de l'arbre

    Mayer Strauss 1817-1886   Jeanette Neugaß 1827-1859   Paul Niboyet, Chevalier de Bellegarde 1792-1855   Eugenie Mouchon 1795-1883   Heinrich Leser 1830-1886   Amalia Ettlinger 1831-1902



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Ludwig Levy 1845-1903   Julie Strauss 1857-1886   Paulin Niboyet Niboyet, Chevalier de Bellegarde 1825-1906   St‚ephanie Leser 1855-1933


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Daniel Otto Lutten 1881   Pauline Niboyet 1881-1937

Eric Lutten 1904-1975

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