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    Sale 7471

    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts

    14 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 40

    EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter signed ('Vater') to his elder son, Hans Albert, and his daughter-in-law, Frieda, n.p., 27 June 1951, informing them of the death of his sister, Maja, 'Montag Nachmittag 4 Uhr is meine Schwester erlöst worden': a fracture suffered in a fall made an operation necessary, which resulted in a lung infection -- 'In the last few days she was completely unconscious as a result of this illness, so that she could die without pain or other suffering. This was the best that could have happened after her long affliction, borne with exemplary patience, and we are all grateful for it'; she will be cremated privately, with only Paul Oppenheim to accompany Einstein and his step-daughter Margot, because he will be driving them to the cremation: 'I have decided that the same should be done for me as well', half page, 4to.

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    EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter signed ('Vater') to his elder son, Hans Albert, and his daughter-in-law, Frieda, n.p., 27 June 1951, informing them of the death of his sister, Maja, 'Montag Nachmittag 4 Uhr is meine Schwester erlöst worden': a fracture suffered in a fall made an operation necessary, which resulted in a lung infection -- 'In the last few days she was completely unconscious as a result of this illness, so that she could die without pain or other suffering. This was the best that could have happened after her long affliction, borne with exemplary patience, and we are all grateful for it'; she will be cremated privately, with only Paul Oppenheim to accompany Einstein and his step-daughter Margot, because he will be driving them to the cremation: 'I have decided that the same should be done for me as well', half page, 4to.

    In accordance with the intention expressed here, Einstein was indeed cremated in a brief ceremony attended only by 12 of his closest circle at the Ewing Crematorium in Trenton.


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