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Don’t you get any gray hairs, now, but enjoy the rest of your vacation. Every-
thing will straighten itself out somehow. You are still a far cry from the necessary
nonchalance; your nerves lie much too bare, without any cushion of
fat![8]
Best regards to you and your wife, as well as our mutual
friends,[9]
yours,
A. Einstein.
107. From Walter Dällenbach
Burgdorf, 19 September 1919
Dear Professor,
This summer in Zurich I told you a bit about the political experiments in which
I was
participating.[1]
What we were planning fell through. We wanted to build
bridges between the most important representatives of the opposing political views
in our country, i.e., create mutual trust between them that could serve as a basis for
concerted
action.[2]
We hoped such a united group of the most well-known politi-
cians of all stripes would constitute a force that would be in a sure position to move
the most capable professionals of the country into abandoning positions they had
hitherto been upholding and under consistent leadership get them to work on ne-
glected duties of the state. Up until the moment when developments were brought
to a standstill by destructive events, these hopes were being legitimized. It was pos-
sible to unite on a panel of approx. 25 members the princial representatives of all
political parties and all classes of the population. The inner cohesion within this
panel was already so strong that the Social Democratic members went against their
party line in support of the Reform Alliance, despite suffering bitter attacks
launched in the press by their party’s leadership. This group’s power had already
grown so much that the general’s almost notorious national strike memorandum
was placed before this committee by the Federal Council for an opinion, even
though not long beforehand the Federal Council had refused to release the docu-
ment to Parliament and to the Military Court of the 3rd
Division.[3]
The initial short yet steep climb in the chain of developments came to an abrupt
halt with the Wildboltz
Affair.[4]
Seen from the outside, the bond of trust proved to
be still too weak against party conflicts, which were greatly exacerbated by the po-
sition that necessarily had to be taken in response to this issue. The deeper reason
is that the leader of the commission, who as secretary had clinched and fostered the
bond of trust between the commission members and who was the driving force be-
hind the whole organization, had not gained the experience and caution necessary
for the job.
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