2 December 2003
EINSTEIN, Albert. Autograph letter signed ('Papa') to his son Hans Albert, n.p. [Berlin], n.d. [5 June 1929], 1½ pages, 8°; envelope.
BOLSHEVIK SYMPATHIES, AND AN ANTI-FASCIST JOKE. Einstein has been talking to an expert on patents, who may be useful for Hans Albert's studies. He is still working on his 'problem' [presumably the Unified Field Theory], as far as the many demands on him give him time and strength: 'It is a very complicated question, and I'm not even sure if I'm on the right track. But it's enormously interesting'. His meeting with the Belgian queen was delightful: 'Ich bin aber ganz rot gefärbt geblieben' [I've remained a red through and through]. If he could work out how, he would create a completely Bolshevik system. 'But mankind is such a damnably hard material!'. He ends with a 'fine joke' about fascism: 'Three characteristics are not to be found together: (1) fascist, (2) intelligent, (3) honourable. If someone is (1) and (3) then they are not two [etc.]'.
Einstein's meeting with Queen Elizabeth of Belgium led to a long friendship. His political sympathies veered between 'pink' and 'red' throughout the 1930s, although by the end of the decade he had renounced any connection with the Communist Party or the Soviet Union.
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