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very great value for the development of our physics efforts that a whole range of
people could be organized toward the special goal of obtaining you.–
Einstein—consider that here you would join a group of people who are very
fond of you personally and not just of the brain power you exude! No one here ex-
pects any accomplishments, all simply want you to be nearby.
I assure you that you will have such extraordinarily great freedom that you will
also be able to fulfill from here all moral obligations you may feel toward Switzer-
land without any
difficulty.[4]
You will even be able to do very much of what you
want with regard to
Berlin.[5]

Dear, dear Einstein! Just don’t spoil all of my hopes and dreams.—Help me with
my strivings by immediately giving me an answer favorable enough to set every-
thing else directly in motion.
Warm greetings from my wife, all the
children,[6]
and from me personally, yours,
Ehrenfest
It is actually really annoying that you have any say at all in a matter that we obvi-
ously can judge much better than you!!
99. To Pauline Einstein
[Berlin,] Friday. [5 September 1919]
Dear Mother,
From your reports I see, sadly, that you are still being tormented quite a
bit.[1]
Life is no trifle. We, however, are doing well presently. Just the troubles arising out
of the general economic situation are making themselves felt. We have to relinquish
a room (rent it
out).[2]
Starting tomorrow, the elevator won’t be operating anymore,
so each exit will involve a climbing expedition, and in addition to that, much shiv-
ering lies ahead of us this
winter.[3]
But at least, if you pay a pretty penny, you can
get something to
eat.[4]
The finest thing in my life right now is that I go sailing quite
often with Prof.
Katzenstein.[5]
It has happened twice already, and we intend to go
again on Monday. Otherwise, I study and work without having anything of partic-
ular importance to write about. I am taking proper advantage of the nice weather
by spending much time on the balcony, which does have some aspects of a moun-
tain resort. This evening we are going to see
Moszkowski,[6]
but normally we actu-
ally don’t exchange visits regularly. Will Guste Hochberger be able to come and see
you, I wonder? The exchange rate is a problem. I can’t lend her any Swiss money,
because I don’t have any extra and, at that catastrophic rate, only exchange it when
absolutely
necessary.[7]
Tell Pauli that I wrote Meinhardt but haven’t received an
answer yet. I’ll write when I’ve received
word.[8]
Ogden and Alice are coming here
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