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136. From Gustave Le Bon[1]
29, Rue Vignon, Paris, 9 April 1922
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137. From Georg Maschke[1]
Wannsee, 31 Kleine See St., 9 April 1922
Esteemed Professor,
I congratulate you cordially on your great success in Paris. My wife, daughter,
and I have been following your accomplishments up to now with great interest and
genuine pleasure.
I would have written you long ago but the unpleasant message I received from
Mr. Wankmüller about the ugly manner in which your relationship with the com-
pany was solved held me
back.[2]
Mr. Wankmüller, who like me was abroad for a
longer period, surely shares little of the blame in this affair because his managing
director acted, as on other occasions, entirely independently. (That gentleman has,
of course, been sacked.) I urged Mr. Wankmüller various times orally and in writ-
ing to apologize to you in person. This still does not seem to have happened and
therefore I wanted at least to inform you about it. An excuse for Mr. Wankmüller
might be that he has been burdened by very severe worries about retaining his firm
during the past two years. I had left his company so that he could get a younger
investor.–
Ultimately the blame lies with me, of course, for having acquainted you with this
company and thus ask you please to forgive me. I meant well and really could not
have predicted such a thing. The war psychosis and its consequences altered many
things and many persons and so let us, with your permission, also attribute this to it.
I would be very pleased to receive a few lines from you and am, with best regards
to you and your wife from my family and me, yours very sincerely,
G. Maschke
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