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212. To Anne Loeb[1]
[Berlin,] 19 February 1924
Highly esteemed Mrs. Loeb,
Together with an affectionate letter from your esteemed husband full of sympa-
thy and joy of life, the news arrived about his sudden
With him has depart-
ed from life one of the most perfect and wonderful persons that I had the fortune to
get to know. The few hours I was allowed to spend with him in New York and
Washington are among the most valuable and happiest memories of my
was wonderful when he talked about the development of his ideas and research,
which have influenced science so deeply, and when he spoke about human and po-
litical things, passionately and at the same time resignedly. Now he is suddenly
gone as a person, and only his powerful thoughts still speak to the survivors.
To you, gracious Mrs. Loeb, I express my deepest sympathy, feeling with you
your bitter grief. May you later find consolation in your children, in whom the cher-
ished man lives on in rejuvenated
I amicably invite your son to visit me
when he comes to Europe.
In deep compassion I press your and your son’s hands, yours in sincere cordial-
A. Einstein.
213. To Reta Anschütz-Stöve
[Berlin,] 23 February 1924
Dear Mrs. Anschütz,
I heartily thank you for your friendly little
which has pacified all parties.
in particular, acknowledged it with gratitude. I had already suspected
beforehand that you cannot have any offensive intentions, either in this or in any
other instance; I knew you well enough for that. But it was a matter of also showing
this to my wife and proving to her that the great favors granted to us on your and
especially your
part have no spike aimed against her. This has now
been fully achieved.
I am continually doing well. Time elapses in diligent labor, as I am gnawing on
a very difficult theory, of which I do not even know yet whether it leads to the
I received good and cheerful news from the
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