D O C U M E N T 6 1 F E B R U A R Y 1 9 2 2 7 9
sciously or unconsciously retreated from Jews as a group for lack of recognition,
now our nation is suddenly revitalized before us again and every one of us loses the
feeling of isolation that has led so many to behavior that, at first glance, appears to
be a lack of
character.[2]
Your endeavor deserves the thanks of all Jews; and it is a
matter of course that I gladly accept the intended
dedication.[3]
As I myself cannot
sight-read music on the piano, I have not yet been able to make your piece known
but will do so as soon as possible.
Expressing my warm sympathy, I am sincerely yours.
61. From Theodor von Kármán[1]
Aachen, 22 February 1922
Dear Mr. Einstein,
At the university a chair for mathematics has become vacant and we intend to
nominate Max Abraham as first
choice.[2]
We are of the opinion that someone who
knows how to apply mathematical methods in a variety of creative ways is best
suited as an instructor of mathematics at a technical university. Because this
appointment does constitute somewhat of an exceptional case, I would be very
grateful if you would communicate to me your view of Abraham’s personality as a
scientist and of the matter of his appointment in a letter that I may present to my
colleagues here. As this matter is very urgent, I request that you please reply as
soon as possible.
Sometime ago I wrote you on behalf of Mr.
Renner.[3]
Thank you very much for
receiving Mr. Renner so nicely and for your kind help in that affair. Mr. Renner
asked me to excuse him, first, for having altered the wording of the letter some-
what, but that this had been definitely necessary as the factual circumstances had
changed during the 6 weeks since the first letter had been drafted. Second, Mr.
Renner asked me to apologize for having, at the instigation of an employee of the
Manchester Guardian, demanded that you comment on some issues in the paper.
He said that on the spur of the moment, and considering his multifaceted duties in
Berlin, he had overlooked the inappropriateness of this request and asks you please
not to hold it against him.
I beg your pardon for having to bother you and assure you that I am very grateful
for your help in all these matters.
With deep respect, yours very sincerely,
Kármán.
P.S. Mr. Renner also instructed me to ask you whether you would mind if the news
of interest to you and G[erhart]
H[auptmann][4]
regarding the school situation
appeared in the
newspaper?[5]
Previous Page Next Page