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We are living here in the manner familiar to you. Last Friday we accompanied
Emil Fischer to his final resting
place,[6]
in the little, beautifully situated cemetery
in Wannsee. Harnack, who gave the eulogy, spoke simply and
well.[7]
What we
have lost with this man, now in
particular,[8]
naturally cannot be put into words.
At the beginning of August my
wife[9]
and I intend to go to Munich and into the
Bavarian mountains, to return at the end of September.
In hope and anticipation of a happy reunion, devotedly yours,
M. Planck.
74. From Fritz Haber[1]
[Berlin, ca. 20 July
1919][2]
Dear Einstein,
Much has colored our lives since we came to know each other in Karlsruhe at
the scientific conference.[3] But I think, even if the war years did draw us apart,[4]
they left me the moral right to ask you to inform me what motivates you to negotiate
with Zurich regarding a return there.[5] Is it for reasons of a more profound nature,
or is it the disagreeable pressure of economic circumstances? And if, as I would
initially like to believe, it is just the
latter,[6]
then you will also grant me the second
claim to a hearing or permission to talk with your wife Elsa before you decide
anything.[7]
Our losing you in Berlin goes too much against our colleagues’ wishes,
just as it is against the interests of the state for us not to solve problems of an
economic character in a satisfactory sense, and satisfactory not least before
posterity, which one day will call to account under what working conditions you
had to continue Newton’s work.
With cordial greetings, yours,
Fritz Haber.
75. From Adriaan D. Fokker
Arosa, Wald Sanatorium, 26 July 1919
Dear Professor,
I hear that you are in Zurich at the
moment.[1]
So close and yet too far away for
me to visit
you![2]
I was glad to hear that you are enjoying and delighting in your
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