D O C U M E N T 6 1 F E B R U A R Y 1 9 2 2 7 9 sciously or unconsciously retreated from Jews as a group for lack of recognition, now our nation is suddenly revitalized before us again and every one of us loses the feeling of isolation that has led so many to behavior that, at first glance, appears to be a lack of character.[2] Your endeavor deserves the thanks of all Jews and it is a matter of course that I gladly accept the intended dedication.[3] As I myself cannot sight-read music on the piano, I have not yet been able to make your piece known but will do so as soon as possible. Expressing my warm sympathy, I am sincerely yours. 61. From Theodor von Kármán[1] Aachen, 22 February 1922 Dear Mr. Einstein, At the university a chair for mathematics has become vacant and we intend to nominate Max Abraham as first choice.[2] We are of the opinion that someone who knows how to apply mathematical methods in a variety of creative ways is best suited as an instructor of mathematics at a technical university. Because this appointment does constitute somewhat of an exceptional case, I would be very grateful if you would communicate to me your view of Abraham’s personality as a scientist and of the matter of his appointment in a letter that I may present to my colleagues here. As this matter is very urgent, I request that you please reply as soon as possible. Sometime ago I wrote you on behalf of Mr. Renner.[3] Thank you very much for receiving Mr. Renner so nicely and for your kind help in that affair. Mr. Renner asked me to excuse him, first, for having altered the wording of the letter some- what, but that this had been definitely necessary as the factual circumstances had changed during the 6 weeks since the first letter had been drafted. Second, Mr. Renner asked me to apologize for having, at the instigation of an employee of the Manchester Guardian, demanded that you comment on some issues in the paper. He said that on the spur of the moment, and considering his multifaceted duties in Berlin, he had overlooked the inappropriateness of this request and asks you please not to hold it against him. I beg your pardon for having to bother you and assure you that I am very grateful for your help in all these matters. With deep respect, yours very sincerely, Kármán. P.S. Mr. Renner also instructed me to ask you whether you would mind if the news of interest to you and G[erhart] H[auptmann][4] regarding the school situation appeared in the newspaper?[5]
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