240
SWISS
CITIZENSHIP
approved
his
request
on
10
March and transmitted the decision
to
the
canton
of
Zurich.[7]
The
process
of
obtaining
Zurich
municipal citizenship
lasted
six
months. Einstein
petitioned
the Zurich
City
Council
(Stadtrat),
the
municipal
executive
body,
for citizen-
ship
on
26
June
(see
Doc.
65).
Three
days
later
the
Municipal Chancellery (Stadtkanzlei)
requested
information about the
petitioner
from three
municipal offices.[8]
Einstein
again
needed
a
statement
of
approval
from his
father,
which he submitted with
a
copy
of
his
birth
certificate, to
the Naturalization Section
(Bürgerliche Sektion)
of the
Zurich Greater
City
Council
(Grosser Stadtrat),
the
municipal
legislature.[9]
A police
detective's
report
(Doc. 66) was
placed
in his file at
the
beginning
of
July.
In the
fall,
Einstein
filled out
a
questionnaire (Doc.
82)
for
a
commission of the Naturalization
Section,
which
conveyed
it to
the Greater
City
Council.[10]
The commissioner
handling
Einstein's
case
requested
more
information about the
applicant
on 11
December.[11]
Three
days
later Einstein made
a
personal appearance
before the commission of the
Naturalization
Section
(see
Doc.
84).
On
19
December the Greater
City
Council
granted municipal
citizenship
contingent on
cantonal
approval
and
payment
of
a
fee
of
400 francs.[12]
Cantonal deliberations took
place
in
January
and
February 1901.
On
9 January
the
City
Council informed
the
Cantonal Governor's
Office (Statthalteramt)
of
its
favorable
decision, imparted
six
days
later
to the cantonal
Department
of Internal
Affairs
(Direktion
des
Innern).[13]
On
21 January
this
department requested
more
information
on
Einstein's financial situation from the
municipality
of Zurich
in
order
to
set
cantonal
citizenship
fees.[14]
Three
days
later the
department
commissioned
a
report
on
Hermann Einstein's financial
status
from
a
detective
agency
in Zurich,[15]
[7] The
announcement
of
approval
and the
letter of transmission
to
the
canton
of
Zurich,
both of
10
March and
signed
by
Federal
Council
president
Walter
Hauser,
are
in
SzZSa,
N
14.12.
[8] The
office
of
residence
records, the
police,
and the
tax office.
This
request,
with nota-
tions
by
the
recipients, is
in SzZ-Ar,
Akten
des
Stadtrats
Zürich,
Bürgerliche
Sektion,
1901,
no. 7.
[9]
Hermann Einstein's declaration of
4 July
and
a
copy
of
Einstein's birth
certificate,
dated
6
July, are
in
ibid.
The
Naturalization
Section
was
composed
of
those members of the
Greater
City
Council who
were
municipal
citizens
and hence
responsible
for naturaliza-
tion
procedures.
[10] On
26
October the Naturalization
Sec-
tion advised the Greater
City
Council of
Einstein's
application
(printed letter, signed
by
Municipal
President Hans
Pestalozzi,
SzZSa,
N
14.12).
[11] The
letter of commissioner Gustav
Weber
to
fellow-commissioner Arnold Kuhn
also
states
that Prof.
Herzog
of the ETH
gave
Einstein
"ein
gutes
(schriftl.)
Zeugnis" (SzZ-
Ar,
Akten
des
Stadtrats
Zürich,
Bürgerliche
Sektion,
1901,
no. 7).
[12]
See
the
printed "Auszug
aus
dem Proto-
kolle
des Grossen Stadtrates
von
Zürich
vom
19.
Dezember
1900," SzZSa,
N
14.12.
[13] The
city
council's favorable
decision,
signed
by
its
president,
Pestalozzi,
and the
letter of transmission
to
the
Department
of
Internal
Affairs
of
15 January, signed
by
Zurich Governor
J. H. Müller,
are
in ibid.
[14]
This
document,
signed
by
the
secretary
of the
Department
of Internal
Affairs,
Dr.
Arnold
Bosshardt,
and the
reply
of
Municipal
Secretary
Heinrich
Wyss
of
23
January,
stat-
ing
that
he
has
no
information
on
Einstein's
finances
or
those of
his father in
Milan,
are
in
ibid.
[15]
Bosshardt's letter
is
in ibid.
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