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The participants will receive in time a more exact program of the meetings. We
also hope to be able to convey to participants before the opening of the conference
a list of issues to be treated by individual groups.
So, esteemed Professor, we believe we may definitely count on your attendance.
I remain, with cordial regards on my wife’s
behalf[4]
as on my own, in gratitude,
yours truly,
Dr. Hugo Bergmann.
172. To Ida Hurwitz
[Berlin,] 22 November 1919
Dear Mrs.
Hurwitz,[1]
From Eva I learned that the difficult ordeal was followed by a bitter
release.[2]
I
know what all of you have endured with exemplary composure and how you eased
the last difficult years for the great, patient sufferer. But now you must not abandon
yourself to the pain; for it was a fine life full of labor and good success, which cre-
ated timeless works and in whose formation you have a share. This life is not such
that we ought to complain when it comes to an end for us or for one of our loved
ones; rather we may look back with satisfaction when it has been bravely and hon-
orably withstood.
We are all delighted with your daughter. She peers out at all the hustle and bustle,
which is still new to her, with the curiosity of a young
chick.[3]
I have the impres-
sion that her attitude toward things is becoming calmer and more objective. Unfor-
tunately, I did not speak with her as much as I would have liked, because I was ab-
sorbed with a trip to
Holland[4]
and much business; I hope to make up for it, though.
My former wife and the children are going to have to move to Germany since
providing for them in Zurich is now absolutely impossible for
me.[5]
I am going to
wait it out here if it’s at all possible, for I am bound to the local authorities and col-
leagues by great
gratitude.[6]
In assuring you of my warmest sympathy with you and your
children,[7]
I am
with affectionate greetings, yours,
A. Einstein.
[. . .][8]
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