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
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