ALBERT EINSTEIN. TLS: "A.E.", 1p, 8x9½. Le Coq-sur-mer,
1933 May 4. To L.M. Ettlinger, Brussels. In German, with translation.
In full: "I shall be very pleased to see you Saturday, the 6. May in
the Fondation Universitaire, rue d'Egmont 11 in Brussels between four-thirty and
five o'clock in the afternoon.-By the way I already initiated steps, some
weeks ago, on behalf of Mr. Lasareff to get his German visa". Albert
Einstein (1879-1955) developed the theories used to build models of the
universe. Einstein's first major contribution, the "Special Theory of
Relativity", was published in 1905. The "General Theory of Relativity" followed
in 1916. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 "for his services to
Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the
photoelectric effect". Written from his temporary home on the Belgian coast
less than five weeks after Einstein renounced his German citizenship and
resigned from the Prussian Academy of Sciences. When Hitler came to power
in January 1933, Einstein's property was seized and a price put on his head. His
books were among those burned publicly on May 10, 1933, six days after this
letter was written. Einstein, as this letter shows, tried to help
others escape Nazi Germany. Einstein took the position of Professor of
Theoretical Physics at Princeton University in 1933 and remained at the
Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton until his death. LIONEL M.
ETTLINGER, who spent 80 percent of his personal wealth finding safe havens for
Jewish refugees, first approached Einstein in 1933 for assistance. Ink has
skipped in his initials but all is legible. Lightly creased. Overall, fine
condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 31x24.
For more documents by these signers click the names below:
This website image contains our company watermark. The actual document does not contain this watermark.