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whatever may point to criminal orders and motives from the top. It is such material
that we will request from our neutral friends and will then attempt, on the basis of
local documents, to find evidence that would convince people here. Thus we hope
to contribute toward improving the mentality of the latter, in particular to counter-
act any nascent idea of revenge. My name may be mentioned everywhere in this
connection. I am doing nothing that I cannot justify before anyone. Unfortunately
I cannot get anywhere with Planck. I never speak with him about things that even
remotely touch upon politics. I would only cause him pain, and we would not un-
derstand each other. These people are as though they were under hypnosis; Planck
is already so shaken by all the events that he absolutely must be
spared.[11]
He is
otherwise so upright and selfless that one has to excuse him on this score. As soon
as a preliminary peace has been
concluded,[12]
we shall turn to the government and
I will then immediately report to Mr. Lorentz about it all.
For now, I send him thanks from the bottom of my heart for his willingness to
promote this good cause and am, with the warmest greetings to him, you, and your
wife, yours,
A. Einstein.
37. To Paul Natorp
[Berlin,] 11 May 1919
Highly esteemed
Colleague,[1]
I have studied your new draft and can now thoroughly approve of it.[2] I heartily
hope that now a fine little band of like-minded people can be found to cooperate in
earnest. The majority of even the most intelligent are regrettably exclusively guard-
ians of their own—special or class—interests. I am very curious to hear from you
about the success of this action.[3] In the same mailing, I am sending you an article
by Kautsky[4] that I find very noteworthy.
With cordial greetings, yours,
A. Einstein.
38. From Hugo Seemann
11 May 1919
[Not selected for translation.]
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