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140. To Pauline Einstein
[Berlin,] 17 October 1919
Dear Mother,
Much correspondence from us, even pretty photographs, unfortunately never
reached you. I am very glad that you have Guste’s company and that you can do
needlework
again.[1]
Tomorrow, first thing in the morning, it’s finally away to Ley-
den where I’ll be staying for a
fortnight.[2]
Here all is well so far, just Uncle Rudolf
has much to complain about
again.[3]
I decided now to relocate Miza and the boys
to Germany, probably into the Baden
area.[4]
I can’t bear the currency exchange any
longer. They will probably resist it. I find it wonderful of Guste that she came to
see you despite all the difficulties. I send my cordial regards.
Warm greetings to you, Guste, the nurse, and Maja from your
Albert.
Here a storm is beginning to brew again. There’s striking and
swearing.[5]
We’ve
been able to heat nicely until now. But Born in Frankfurt is moaning about the
cold.[6]
I’m in suspense about the famous national bankruptcy, or what form it’s go-
ing to
take.[7]
I’m resolved to stay here if it doesn’t become completely impos-
sible.[8]
141. To Otto Lehmann-Russbüldt
[Berlin,] 17 October 1919
New Fatherland League, Berlin
Dear Mr.
Lehmann-Russbüldt,[1]
It has been brought to my notice by politically neutral parties that Soviet Rus-
sia’s population is being most grievously plagued by
epidemics.[2]
The greatest part
of the blame for these catastrophic health conditions lies with the embargo imposed
on Russia, which also applies to medications, etc. It is, in my view, our duty to use
our influence at home, as well as abroad through our foreign contacts, to have the
embargo relaxed at least to the extent that the hapless civilian population can be
somewhat
relieved.[3]
Unfortunately, I cannot do anything about this matter here
because I must leave tomorrow on a trip to
Holland.[4]
I urgently beg you, though,
to consult with our friends as soon as possible about what can be done from our
side. I myself shall take steps in Holland and in
Switzerland.[5]
With kind regards, yours.
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