2 6 V O L . 7 , D O C . 3 0 a V E R S E Vol. 7, 30a. Verse for Cornelia Wolff-Gerstle [Berlin, between 19 January and 29 February 1920] Wo ich geh und wo ich steh Stets ein Bild von mir ich seh Auf dem Schreibtisch, an der Wand Um den Hals, an schwarzem Band. ——— Männlein, Weiblein wundersam Finden sie ein Autogramm Jeder muss ein Kritzel haben Von dem hochgelehrten Knaben. ——— Manchmal frag in all dem Glück Ich im lichten Augenblick Bist verrückt du etwa selber? Oder sind die andern Kälber? In Ehrerbietung gedichtert von Ihrem A. Einstein. ADS (Woodrow Miller, Los Angeles). [31 051.2]. Seelig 1956, pp. 35–36. Written below a portrait of Einstein. An ADft [31 051] is also available. A slight difference in the published version is noted. Wolff-Gerstle (1886–1960) was a German-Jewish nurse in Berlin. Dated by the fact that the draft of this document was written on the verso of an envelope [31 051.1] postmarked “19.1.20 10–11V[ormittags]” and by reference to Hedwig Born’s comment that, in February 1920, Elsa Einstein had informed her that Einstein had recently composed this poem for a woman who had purchased his portrait for her birthday and had sent it to him with a request to write her a dedication (see Seelig 1956, p. 35). For Einstein’s description of the dramatic changes in his life as a result of his sudden celebrity status acquired following the confirmation of the theory of general relativity, see Einstein to Heinrich Zangger, 24 December 1919 (Vol. 9, Doc. 233). For a similarly colorful portrayal by Elsa Einstein, see Vol. 9, Calendar, entry for 10 December 1919. “holen sich” in the ADft.