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    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 112

    EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter signed ('Albert') to his first wife, Mileva, n.p., 4 June 1932, 1½ pages, 8vo.

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    EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter signed ('Albert') to his first wife, Mileva, n.p., 4 June 1932, 1½ pages, 8vo.

    The distress brought on by Nazism and the Great Depression. Mileva has evidently been complaining of her financial straits, and the letter opens with the firm reassurance, 'I will whatever happens not leave you in a fix [Ich lasse Dich keinesfalls im Dreck sitzen]', but he cannot wholly remedy her situation, not least because, 'in these times of great unemployment' she is not alone in her plight. He will however send the brother of his secretary, Helene Dukas, to inform him more fully of her situation, so that he can see what he can do. Of course, all of his own savings were lost in the Nazi takeover of Germany, so that he must try now to increase his income in order to relieve the worst distress of those around him ('damit ich in meiner Umgebung so gut ich kann, die ärgsten Notstände hindere'). As for their younger son Eduard, he is always likely to be a problem child ('ein Sorgenkind') -- though Einstein suggests it may be helpful for him to join his father for a while to try the effects of a change of scene. Einstein could not come to Zurich from Geneva, as he was exhausted and in urgent need of rest; the letter closes with references to two scientific colleagues, Heinrich Zangger and Fritz Haber.


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