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137. To Konrad Haenisch
Berlin, 8 September 1920
To the Minister of Science, the Arts and Public Education, Mr. Haenisch,
Your Excellency’s letter of the 6th inst. fills me with a sense of sincere
Quite apart from the question of whether I deserve so much benevo-
lence and high
in these last few days I came to know that Berlin is the
place in which I am most deeply rooted through personal and professional ties. I
would follow a call outside of the
[even to Switzerland] only in the case
that external circumstances force me to do
In utmost respect, Your Excellency’s loyal servant,
A. Einstein.
P.S. I would like to use this opportunity to call to mind a letter that I directed to Your
Excellency in favor of a budgetary appointment of the astronomer Prof. Buchholz
(at the University of
The ministry’s communication: “Through the press, particularly the foreign press, alarming re-
ports are repeatedly being made to the effect that Prof. Albert Einstein was thinking of leaving Berlin
and Germany in the near future and of following a call to a foreign university. In order to knock the
bottom out of these rumors, once and for all, which are being exploited in a biased way, particularly
abroad, we communicate here Albert Einstein’s reply to the publicized letter that Minister Haenisch
had addressed to him a few weeks ago. Einstein writes:”
138. From Hedwig Born
9 Cronstetten St., 8 September 1920
Dear Mr. Einstein,
When are you traveling to [Bad] Nauheim, and which days will you give us? We
shall tell no one about your being here; you are incognito here, if you wish. Paul
Oppenheim, Jr., still seems to be away. Please send a postcard with your
The vile squabblings that you are being harassed with sadden us
injured you were is proved by the atypical step you gave way to in your more than
justifiable irritation: the unfortunately very clumsy reply in the
Those who know you are depressed by it, precisely because they can sense how af-
fected you were by this notorious incitement, and they suffer with you. And those
who do not know you get a false picture of you. This too is painful. Meanwhile,
though, you are the old Diogenes again, I hope, and are laughing at the beasts
driveling into your tub! It absolutely does not fit the image I have of you, which I
have placed, among other venerated holy men, within the shrine of my heart, that
people could still disappoint it or provoke it out of its tranquillity. You would not
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