3 5 6 D O C . 2 0 7 O N I G F A R B E N AKS. [43 963]. The card is addressed “Internationale Arbeiterhilfe Unter den Linden Berlin W8” with no stamp or postmark. There are perforations for a loose-leaf binder at the left margin of the doc- ument. [1]The Internationale Arbeiterhilfe (IAH) grew out of the Auslandskomitee zur Organisierung der Arbeiterhilfe für Sowjetrußland, which was established in Berlin on 12 August 1921. In its first years, the IAH focused its work on famine relief for the Soviet Union. However, in the harsh winter of 1923/ 24, it sought to alleviate the dire plight of German workers, many of whom were severely malnour- ished (see Münzenberg 1931, p. 156 Finker 1964, p. 928 and Haferkorn 1973, p. 964). On the estab- lishment of the IAH and Einstein’s early involvement in its famine relief efforts in the Soviet Union, see Willi Münzenberg to Einstein, 1 September 1921 (Vol. 12, Doc. 222), particularly note 2. [2]On the background of the efforts to hold a referendum on the expropriation of the former royal houses, see Doc. 209, note 1. Robert René Kuczynski, the leading figure behind the efforts to hold the referendum, was also an active functionary of the IAH (see Lorenz 2011, p. 141). [3]The phrase was not included in the version of the appeal that Einstein signed (see Doc. 209). It may have been removed because of Einstein’s opposition. 207. Verse on a Visit to IG Farben[1] [Berlin, after 2 March 1926][2] Stolz und froh ¢bin ich gekommen² thät’ ich es wagen Eulen nach Athen zu tragen Als ich nun so hergekommen Hat Herr Bosch[3] mich mitgenommen In das Arbeitslabyrint Wo werkt und wo man sinnt Tausend Hände tausend Köpf¢e² Wie ein einziges Riesengeschöpf ¢Ein gesunder Riesenleib² Was der Mensch nur ¢leisten² schaffen [kann] ¢Ist er geführt²vom rechten Mann Führet nur der rechte Mann. ADft. [31 043]. On verso of [31 044], a TLC of Doc. 197. [1]The plant had formerly been the headquarters of the Badische Anilin- & Sodafabrik (BASF). Following the amalgamation of BASF with other major German chemical companies in November 1925, BASF changed its name to IG Farbenindustrie AG the following month (see Jeffreys 2008, pp. 121–122). [2]Dated on the assumption that this document was written after Einstein’s return to Berlin from his visit to Ludwigshafen (see Abs. 322). [3]Carl Bosch (1874–1940) was a German chemist, engineer, chairman of the board of IG Farben, senator of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft, and member of the Kuratorium of the Einstein-Stiftung.
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