D O C S . 1 3 5 , 1 3 6 O C T O B E R 1 9 1 9 1 1 5
I naturally would very much have liked to see
But who knows what
would become of this trip if I postponed it one more time. It would be risky too,
because of the cold in unheated trains.
Sender’s note on verso: “Express delivery.”
135. To Mileva Einstein-Maric;
[Berlin,] 15 October 1919
Dear Mileva,
The exchange-rate conditions have become so difficult now (5 marks = 1
that it’s becoming impossible for me to provide for you in Zurich. I cannot
raise the 8000 francs that I contractually guaranteed
anymore. It is therefore
necessary that you move into German territory, and this as soon as possible. But
you really don’t have to be alarmed by this at all. In Constance, for ex., it is at least
as nice as in Zurich.[3] I shall help you find an apartment, so that no problems arise
for you there. The schools in Baden are superior and their atmosphere is excellent.
I will give you enough that you all can live just as well as in Zurich, if not better. [4]
I have waited as long as I could. But now the decision just has to be taken and
implemented. Even my deathly ill mother must move here[5] because conditions
make it necessary. I won’t make any specific proposal about the amount that I will
be giving you quarterly; because nowadays one doesn’t know what x marks means
tomorrow. But I will make sure that you can live comfortably and properly.
Write me very soon so that I can take steps to prepare for the move.
With best regards to you and the children, yours,
136. From Paul Epstein
Zurich, Phys. Inst. at the University, 15 October 1919
Highly esteemed Professor,
Thank you very much for your friendly lines and the words of acknowledgment,
with which you give my modest abilities far too much credit.[1] In the communal
postcard from the Zurich Physics Colloquium I already had occasion to congratu-
late you on the confirmation of the bending of light rays[2] and permit myself now
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