2 December 2003
EINSTEIN, Albert. Autograph letter signed ('Papa') to his son Hans Albert, Princeton, 4 August 1948, one page, 4°.
NEWS OF HIS FIRST WIFE'S DEATH. 'Today I received a telegram from Dr Meili announcing Mileva's death'; he can understand his son's reaction, but feels Hans Albert was right not to travel over to Switzerland; the death of one's loved ones stimulates childhood memories, and Einstein cannot directly help his son: 'each of us in the end must be ready with his own part'; he does however recommend a book by 'a wise old psychoanalyst (Reik)'. Einstein's friend Otto Nathan will be travelling to Europe on his behalf, and Einstein wishes to ensure that Hans Albert will never be financially burdened by Eduard's illness: 'Tetel's situation is the worst, because he is alone in his pitiful condition without a caring hand. If only I had known, he would never have come into this world. Dear Adu, hold your head up and don't let this get you down. You've always been a solid fellow [Du bist immer ein fester Kerl gewesen]'.
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