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Vol. 9, 68a. To Elsa Einstein
Tuesday, in the train on the return
[1 July 1919]
Dear Else,
Mama senses that she is seriously ill but is still hoping for a recovery. Her only
very strong wish is to be brought back to Berlin with me. The doctor doesn’t ex-
clude the possibility of fulfilling this
Blame for this wish lies in her very
strong antipathy toward Pauli and the
and her yearning to be with
Aunt Fanny. I’m for having this last wish of hers fulfilled, if possible; she wants to
live with Aunt Fanny and would, of course, have to have a full-time
bear all the costs. My presence is a great relief for her. The pain is horrible but not
always quite so severe. Maja nurses her devotedly but cannot continue to do so in
the long run. Accommodating a nurse in this snug apartment would be impossible.
The possibility of an embolism persists, because the thrombosis persists—albeit to
a lesser
The swelling seems to deaden the pain somewhat. Appearance
not bad, however, memory has suffered from the constant use of painkillers. Ac-
cording to the doctor, it could still take a year until the release!
Best wishes to you and yours,
Vol. 9, 69a. To Elsa Einstein
[Zurich,] Wednesday. [2 July 1919]
Dear Else,
This morning I finished off the expert
Toward midday I visited
Zangger & discussed the illness and other matters with
After lunch I lay
down until four o’clock. Then Edith came to see me about her
get sick and tired of the subject. Such a thing is unsuitable for women. At a quarter
to 6
came on a visit until now, before dinner. My courses take place on Fri-
day, Saturday, and Monday (in the evening). Today it’s cold and frosty. I haven’t
gone out visiting anyone yet, hardly even went out for a walk. My boys are very
nice and give me much joy.
spent the whole evening with me. Miza is
leaving with Tete around the middle of the month for
Then I’ll be
living with Albert in the
Until that time I’ll stay at the
other boy also had an accident now. He was hit by a car and had a head
wound. The other one’s broken leg was not properly reset so he limps. Others also
have much to endure!
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