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He apologizes for his wives "Very Offensive" behavior: "You can't take things so seriously from a woman."
Typed Letter Signed: "A. Einstein", 1½p, 8½x11. The Studio, Watch Hill, Rhode Island, 1934 June 14. To Lionel M. Ettlinger, Paris. In German, fully translated. In part: "Above all, I notice that my wife was very offensive to you in her tone. Nevertheless, don't be angry! You can't take things so seriously from a woman. Mine can become argumentative, as in this case; but soon, she is sorry for it and she is, at heart, of a good disposition and selfless...." Einstein then discusses a Mrs. Silber, to whom Ettlinger gave a sum of money. In part: "In any event, I would, under the current conditions, regret it if you gave Mrs. Silber more than 1500 francs...It would be a painful thought to me if you were materially damaged by an act of kindness. If the amount given to Mrs. Silber does not exceed what in my view is a reasonable amount, I definitely wish that you get it back. It would be best if you would send my wife or me the documents on the amounts already distributed so that we can clarify the matter materially. In any case, I do not want any misunderstanding to take place between us, since I am convinced that you acted on your best convictions." LIONEL M. ETTLINGER, who had spent 80% of his personal wealth in finding safe havens for Jewish refugees, first approached ALBERT EINSTEIN in 1933 for assistance. It was Ettlinger's hope that a central office could be formed in Geneva to assist Jews in resolving political questions and problems caused by Hitler. Although the office, which they hoped would be established under the League of Nations, never materialized, both Ettlinger and Einstein were able to help Jews both financially and through their worldwide connections. MRS. SILBER seems to be one of the people whom Ettlinger helped. Fragile. Lightly creased. Folds, vertical fold touches the "E" in Einstein. Lightly shaded at blank margins. Chipped at blank left margin, upper right blank corner torn off. ¼-inch separation at right blank margin at mid-horizontal fold. Tape remnants at lower edge on verso (no show through) and lower left blank corner. Pinhead-size binding holes (some are nicked) at left margin. Otherwise, fine condition.

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

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