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mentioned correspondence has provoked much “bad blood” and your American
friends would like to correct the matter.
Best regards, yours truly,
Ludwig Silberstein.
179. To Solomon Ginzberg
[Berlin,] 14 July 1921
Deny any responsibility for unauthorized notices about
Specifically re Dutch
I directed energetic denial to American
Request energetic denial
from there too.
180. To Solomon Ginzberg
[Berlin,] 14 July 1921
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181. To Emil Starkenstein[1]
[Berlin,] 14 July 1921
Esteemed Professor,
I believe that belonging to a denomination is entirely inconsequential. Only for
us Jews is the adoption of a different confession a symbolic act that states the inten-
tion of dissociating oneself from one’s people. But one can very well be undenom-
inational without being disloyal to one’s people (in my opinion, at least). I, too, am
without a confession and consider myself a loyal
The extent to which we Jews should regard ourselves as a race or as a nation and
the extent to which we form a social community solely out of tradition is now
clearly decided for me. It suffices that we form a national body that is more or less
clearly differentiated from the rest of humanity, whose reality is not doubted by
Kind regards, yours,
A. Einstein.
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