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173. From Viktor G. Ehrenberg[1]
Leipzig, 23 November 1919
Highly esteemed Colleague,
At a time when the world is resounding with your name and colleagues in your
field are paying you homage from all nations, a greeting from a layman can be only
less opportune than ever for you. But I feel impelled, not just personally, but also
from the sentiment of our children, the Borns, to tell you that I sympathize with you
most warmly on the wonderful triumph of your scientific
This also as a German and as a Jew! For although I know that national differen-
ces are historical facts of no consequence to you and nationalistic distinctions
appear to you as narrowmindedness, if not as lapses of intelligence,[3] you will
nonetheless understand what feelings your brilliant scientific success now evoke in
very many people. For Germany has once again become the Cinderella among na-
tions, and Jews are more ostracized than ever since their release from the ghetto.
So it uplifts the heart and strengthens one’s faith in the future of mankind when one
sees researchers of all nations prostrating themselves before a man of Jewish blood,
who thinks and writes in the German language, in full recognition of his greatness.
Please, esteemed Colleague, receive these lines amiably and give my best re-
gards to your wife!
With utmost respect, devotedly yours,
V. Ehrenberg.
174. From Adolf Friedrich Lindemann[1]
Sidholme, Sidmouth, 23 November 1919
Esteemed Professor,
Your friendly postcard of the 12th came into my hands yesterday and I am glad
to gather from it that our telegram pleased you.[2] The second confirmation of your
gravitation law,[3] this time by the solar eclipse of May 29th, has brought about un-
usual interest in your theory, and since the B.S. & B.A.S. meeting on Nov. 6th,[4]
articles have appeared every other day in the papers, especially in the Times, which
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