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ALBERT EINSTEIN - AUTOGRAPH PRESS RELEASE SIGNED - HFSID 285906

Handwritten press release in German [translated here], praising the United States as "the foremost supporter of economic and technical advancement", and hoping "it will also find the methods ... to overcome the present economic crisis".

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Condition: lightly creased, lightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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ALBERT EINSTEIN
Handwritten press release in German [translated here], praising the United States as "the foremost supporter of economic and technical advancement", and hoping "it will also find the methods ... to overcome the present economic crisis".
Autograph Press Release signed: "A. Einstein" in pencil, 1p, 8¼x6¼. [No place, 1930 December]. In German with English translation. In full: "I am going to Pasadena at the invitation of the University there. The main reason for the trip is participation in and contact and discussion with colleagues in my disciplines and in the scientific life there. Perhaps I'll also have to give some lectures. The Americans support not only scientific research all over the world but also support the relationships and cooperation of all people engaged in science in all countries. I am very glad to see this country again, which is the foremost supporter of economic and technical advancement. It has given us the ultimate perfection in production methods and we might hope that it will find also the methods not only to overcome the present economic crises, but also find the balance between production and consumption. [In my opinion] the latter problem is the most important practical problem of our time." This statement was presented to the press by Einstein as he prepared for his second visit to America to meet with fellow scientists at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. At the time, Einstein was considering where he should live and work, knowing he could no longer do so in Germany with the growth of anti-Semitism there. It was on this visit that he made his famous "2%" speech: "In countries where conscription exists, the true pacifist must refuse military duty. In countries where compulsory military service does not exist, true pacifists must publicly declare that they will not take up arms in any circumstances...The timid may say, 'What's the use? We'll be sent to prison.' To them I say: even if only two per cent announced their refusal to fight, governments would be powerless - they would not dare send such a huge number to prison." Badges marked "2%" soon began to appear on young Americans' jacket lapels. Lightly creased. Stained at lower left blank margin, lightly soiled at blank right margin and at mid-vertical fold. Overall, fine condition.

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