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as Lenard’s
consorts[4]
lie in wait,
guard yourself all-round with care
so we don’t lament you as their bait.
If this works and you are safe
from the hateful pack of hounds,
then some use to the world I’ll rate
to my joy beyond all bounds.
And if you aren’t now on the brink
and do have a little time,
then this “cousin” would be tickled pink
with ever so brief a friendly line.
In respectful devotion,
Sigmund Einstein
Nuremberg, 43 Regensburger St.
266. To Max Planck
Kiel, 6 July 1922
Dear Colleague
This letter is not easy for me to write; but it really does have to be done. I must
inform you that I cannot deliver the talk I promised for the Scientists’ Convention,
despite my earlier definite
commitment.[1]
For I have been warned by some thor-
oughly reliable persons (many of them, independently) against staying in
Berlin[2]
at present and generally particularly against making any kind of public appear-
ances in
Germany.[3]
For, I am supposedly among the group of persons being tar-
geted by nationalist assassins. I have no secure proof, of course; but the prevailing
situation now makes it appear thoroughly
credible.[4]
If it had been an action of
substantial professional importance, I would not have let myself be swayed by such
motives, but a merely formal act is involved that someone (e.g.,
Laue)[5]
could
easily perform in my
place.[6]
The whole difficulty arises from the fact that news-
papers mentioned my name too often and thereby mobilized the riffraff against me.
So there is no helping it besides patience and—leaving town. I ask you one thing:
Please take this little incident with humor, as I myself do.
With amicable greetings, yours,
A. Einstein.