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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.

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Born: March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany
Died: April 18, 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey

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