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41. From Georg Krakow
14 May 1919
[Not selected for translation.]
42. To Roland Holder
[Berlin,] 18 May 1919
Dear Mr. Holder,
It is a great joy for me that my boy was able to begin learning something under
your guidance at the
workshop.[1]
He wrote me very enthusiastically about it and
is [no] less grateful to you than I am myself. How happy would I have been as a
boy if I had had such an
opportunity![2]
In six weeks I must lecture in
Zurich[3]
again and look forward to being able to thank you in person as well.
With kind regards, yours truly,
A. Einstein.
43. To Swabian League
[Berlin,] 19 May 1919
Dear Sir,
I have not yet answered your first amic. communication because the letter placed
me in a nontrivial dilemma. Your proclamation appeals to me very much; it
breathes the spirit that all those of a better mentality have been bereft of so sorely
of
late.[1]
On the other hand, however, I do not consider myself eligible to sign the
proclamation because I am in fact not so qualified to come forward as a Swabian.
I was born in Swabia, the son of Swabian parents, but spent the crucial years of my
life
abroad,[2]
so my love of the land of Swabia is founded more on literary than on
direct personal experience. Thus I do not dare appear among the leaders of your
cause but should rather stay humbly in the background.
Furthermore you invite me to name someone who would write an essay about
me and my theory, so I thought long and hard about whom I should name. But I felt
it presumptuous to demand such a paper from any one of them. As a result, in the
pressure of daily business, I let your letter lie undealt with and still do not know
how I should fulfill your wish. But so that you see that I truly do not lack good
intentions, I declare myself happily ready to check the factual part of any article
treating my theory carefully. It should not be all that difficult for you to find an au-
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