1 page, 4to, embosssed stationery of the Institute, in German. With a black and white photograph of Einstein and the recipient(?)." /> EINSTEIN, Albert. Typed letter signed ("Albert") to Dr. Otto Einstein, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J., 1 October 1945. <I>1 page, 4to, embosssed stationery of the Institute, in German. With a black and white photograph of Einstein and the recipient(?).</I> | Christie's
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    EINSTEIN, Albert. Typed letter signed ("Albert") to Dr. Otto Einstein, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J., 1 October 1945. 1 page, 4to, embosssed stationery of the Institute, in German. With a black and white photograph of Einstein and the recipient(?).

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    EINSTEIN, Albert. Typed letter signed ("Albert") to Dr. Otto Einstein, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J., 1 October 1945. 1 page, 4to, embosssed stationery of the Institute, in German. With a black and white photograph of Einstein and the recipient(?).

    "THE DESPERATE SITUATION OF THE EUROPEAN JEWS IS VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART...OUR HOPE IS IN THE FUTURE"

    An unusually outspoken private letter, affirming his concern for the situation of European Jews, insisting that he has few chances to take direct action to aid them, dismissing Truman's motives as purely political and concluding that even the Soviet bloc is to be preferred to the Nazis:

    "You may believe that the desperate situation of the European Jews is very close to my heart. Unfortunately, you appear to overestimate the opportunities available to me. An appeal made solely by me wouldn't help in the least. Politics is a business that is conducted on a level far more selfish even than that of ordinary traders. If Truman has done anything at all it's probably simply because of the Jewish votes. But if I see an opportunity which looks promising, I always give support to the Jews."

    "The English have treated us all these years as though we were enemies and couldn't care less about what I say. I'll already be content if they and our dear Americans--out of fear of the Russian influence--won't encourage the Nazis again. But be that as it may, they [the Russians] are still better than the Germans. Our hope is in the future, but our present danger in the Western World lies in the influence of Russian ideas."


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