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44. From Hermann Anschütz-Kaempfe
Munich, 6 Leopold St., 3 February 1922
Dear, esteemed Professor Einstein,
You can probably roughly imagine how your letter to Sommerfeld hit, a bomb
is just a weak
comparison;[1]
he gave it to me in complete despair, despair about
you and about humanity; I’m afraid my consolation was also bitter and yet perhaps
some medicine; my thought was that general human kindness and nationalistic pas-
sion had always proved to be opposites and that something could not be right here.
Now the Figaro article is surely buried for good.
R.I.P.[2]
Last week Prof.
Herzfeld[3]
presented a review of the canal-ray
experiment;[4]
he
got his science secondhand; the general disappointment was that we will not be
able to see and listen to you at all here in Munich. The bloodthirsty article in the
Weltbühne is, in my opinion, not worth any attention; the students here have long
since overcome the postwar psychosis, and in front of you personally, any anti-
Semitism definitely stops short, even the most
fanatical![5]
This year we want to resettle in Kiel in March already; work, i.e., the floating
sphere is calling. We are experiencing good success with the automatic steering
control;[6]
it is helping make the gyrocompass become accepted.
On Feb. 18th we are hosting the Faculty Evening at home, as we do every winter;
if you happened to be in attendance, it would cause much joy. The revolution has
prohibited a pullman car, but I would procure you a sleeping-car compartment in
Berlin and here so that you have no trouble or exertion at all. And the organ and the
music room would also be attractions, particularly if your violin came along.
And then perhaps a little colloquium for the physicists would also spin off of it,
if the negative outcome of the light experiment you had initially reported turned out
not to be
right.[7]
That really would be nice. And finally and in the end, doing other
people favors really is the best thing in the world.
With best regards to you and your wife from us both, yours,
Anschütz-Kaempfe.
45. From Paul Ehrenfest
[Leyden,] 4 February 1922
Dear Einstein,
Many thanks for your postcard regarding nondeflection of the light
ray.[1]
I think
that the group consider[ation], as I presented it in the letter, shows it most
clearly.[2]
You wrote me the address of Professor Kocherthaler in Madrid so unclearly that I
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