D O C . 1 7 A P R I L 1 9 1 9 1 5
amplified.[3]
And yet you still make an apology to me! It was no use, I felt my guilt
only more strongly. In my defense, only this: that the final days of my Zurich stay
resembled a runaway motion-picture projector. The main thing is, now, that you
overcame the inevitable flu and feel even better than before. Elsa’s heart problem,
as a side remark, turned out to be a consequence of flu lozenges that had an abom-
inable effect on the heart. When she stopped taking them, the troublesome symp-
toms also
disappeared.[4]
I tell you this as a warning against them. Things are lively
here again. This country is like someone with a badly upset stomach who hasn’t yet
thrown up enough. When Scheidemann, Noske, etc., are out as well, the patient will
gradually get
better.[5]
Permanent improvement is possible once he can make a firm
resolve to change his lifestyle. Your optimism pleases me and I share it. Preparation
by the sluggish masses for a Socialist consciousness is making clear progress, even
if I can often only detect it in the hypocrisy of our noted newspaper Berliner
Tageblatt.[6]
That the Poly[technic] is still not in a position to shed its skin may also
have its good
sides.[7]
A politically calmer time may perhaps be more favorable in
many respects for this move, because currently irrelevant viewpoints could come
more to the fore than is proper. I have found an interesting idea in general
relativity.[8]
I hope it will stand fast! In such cases, after a short time the criticism
usually starts, with pangs of conscience! With my best wishes for your health and
general well-being, I send you my warm greetings, yours,
Einstein.
17. To Pauline Einstein and Maja Winteler-Einstein
[Berlin, 4 April
1919][1]
My Dears,
Heartfelt thanks to all of you for the congratulations. I would have already
thanked you if I weren’t so terribly swamped with work. Presently I have especially
much at my fingertips, and the brain is not as flexible in this fifth decade now
begun.[2]
It wasn’t as bad on my birthday as you think, d[ear]
Maja.[3]
With the ex-
ception of 5 Haberland St., no one here knew about the important event—thank
God![4]
Here everything is taking its usual course again and superficially every-
thing is calm. But I am convinced that, slowly but surely, the Bolshy is coming:
“Whoever doesn’t work, shouldn’t eat either.” Yesterday this principle was ap-
plaudingly quoted to me by a brother academician, of all
people.[5]
In one week I
am giving a public talk for the benefit of the treasury of the Socialist Student As-
sociation—on the relativity principle, of
course.[6]
Healthwise I am doing excel-
lently, and otherwise too I feel comfortable here. Unless something quite horrible
happens, I certainly won’t leave here. I am very sorry that you must go through so
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