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My schedule in Paris was so tight that I unfortunately had to forgo visiting you;
but I will look out for a future opportunity, to make up for it. Your open letter to the
Clarté, or Barbusse, resp., has my full
backing.[2]
In Paris I had a chance to speak
along these same lines with a few representatives of this group.
In cordial admiration, yours,
A. Einstein.
153. To Paul Block
Berlin, 20 April 1922
Highly esteemed Mr. Block,
I feel the urge to thank you again for your letter of the 4th of this mo., no less
also for the friendly invitation it
contains.[1]
By your report about my first lecture
you contributed toward attaining the goal that my French colleagues and I myself
had had in mind: namely, a relaxation of the terrible tension between the French
and German intelligentsia. Only shared, purely objective interests could promote
this aim. That is why I strictly followed the principle of avoiding all meetings of a
political or social nature and to use the entire time at my disposal to create or renew
ties with French colleagues in my field. I am convinced that in this indirect way I
could also do more toward clearing the political atmosphere than in any other way.
Please be so kind as to convey this to your collaborators for the German cause in a
form that seems appropriate to you and thank them kindly again in my name for
their invitation.
In my opinion it would be advantageous if in the German press due acknowledg-
ment were given to the teachers of France’s highest scientific school, who offered
a similar example of reconciliation and courage by taking the first step toward
restoring friendly relations between Germany’s and France’s scholars.
Kind regards.
154. To Maurice Solovine
20 April 1922
Dear Solovine,
Cordial thanks for sending me the things I had forgotten in
Paris.[1]
Those were
unforgettable days, but darned exhausting; I still feel them in my nerves. I haven’t
seen anyone here yet but, they tell me, the newspapers acted very well, all right; so
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