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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Typed letter signed (“A. Einstein”) to Vera Halleman, Saranac Lake, New York, 13 July 1945.
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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Typed letter signed (“A. Einstein”) to Vera Halleman, Saranac Lake, New York, 13 July 1945.

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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Typed letter signed (“A. Einstein”) to Vera Halleman, Saranac Lake, New York, 13 July 1945.

In German. One page, 281 x 206mm, on Einstein’s embossed Princeton letterhead (closed tear to centerfold with tape repair).

A charming letter of advice to a young girl, written three days before the Trinity Nuclear Test. Einstein, in response to a letter from the young Vera Halleman, agrees that it is best not to put people in “drawers ranked by meaningless labels” and discusses his favorite composers—Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi. He writes that he is particularly pleased to hear that she enjoys the violin, although he is not playing much lately. Only three days after this letter was sent, the Gadget was detonated at the Trinity test site in New Mexico, ushering in the modern Atomic Age—the culmination of Einstein’s 1939 letter to Franklin Roosevelt urging the development of an American nuclear program.

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