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109. From Erwin Finlay Freundlich
Potsdam, 24 March 1922
Dear Mr. Einstein,
We forward to you the enclosed letter intended to be directed to the
Ministry.[1]
We discussed the matter during the last meeting of the board of
trustees[2]
and ask
you please to state your wishes.
The Ministry’s explicitly stated wish is the reason behind having a representative
of the Ministry join the board of trustees. As the annual subsidies by the Ministry
to maintain the building and cover the research expenses are not unsubstantial and
even have to be increased considerably, it seemed appropriate to us to take this wish
into account. Furthermore, we consider it necessary to expand the board of trustees
somewhat in order to connect former financial supporters firmly to the endeavor.
Therefore Dr.
Jeidels[3]
proposed that Director
Wassermann[4]
of the Deutsche
Bank be asked to join the board of directors; and Privy Councillor
Müller[5]
stated
his willingness to approach Mr. Wassermann together with Dr.
Schneider.[6]
If he
declines, Jeidels himself is happy to step in.
Then, aside from Prof.
Bosch,[7]
Wassermann or Jeidels would belong to the
board of trustees as representatives of the founders. Furthermore, we would like to
ask Prof.
Planck[8]
to join the board of trustees, because a certain envy concerning
the new installations has persistently emerged among physicists and, as you know,
we, for our part, never had the intention of not letting these research facilities be
made accessible to others as well.
We would therefore very much welcome it if Planck declared his willingness to
join; this, too, Müller was ready to discuss with Planck, if you yourself did not do
so, which would surely open up more prospects of an agreement from Planck.
Furthermore, we resolved to ask Dr. Ruge to support us with his counsel as legal
advisor.[9]
During the past few years I not only had to create the facilities, but also
take over the financial settlement of all obligations and in the process saw so many
purely legal issues arise that the advice of an attorney is definitely necessary. I can-
not in reality assume the responsibility anymore on my own. Dr. Ruge is prepared
to give us his counsel as legal advisor with a seat and a voice on the board of trust-
ees.
We hope that you agree with everything in principle and in that eventuality
request that you grant us your approval. Only then will Planck and Wassermann be
approached.
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