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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
You will even be able to do very much of what you
want with regard to

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
and from me personally, yours,
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
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
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
But at least, if you pay a pretty penny, you can
get something to
The finest thing in my life right now is that I go sailing quite
often with Prof.
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
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
Tell Pauli that I wrote Meinhardt but haven’t received an
answer yet. I’ll write when I’ve received
Ogden and Alice are coming here
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