D O C U M E N T 1 1 1 N O V E M B E R 1 9 2 5 1 3 3 111. From Hermann Anschütz-Kaempfe Munich, Leopoldstrasse 6, [after 15 November 1925][1] Dear, esteemed Professor Einstein, I haven’t been able for weeks to get the thought out of my head as to how Albert can be helped.[2] It’s a shame to idly watch this way while he is on the verge of setting up his life so wrongly. Of course, the best thing would be if he could get away from Zurich however, that does not at all fit with his studies and no doubt would cause a delay of a half if not a whole year.[3] And yet, it would be the only appropriate thing that would remove him from the suggestive spell of this very en- ergetic and ambitious daughter of Eve.[4] There is another factor at play with Albert which he didn’t tell me directly, but which I sensed instead from his half-timid communications. That is his isolation from any social interaction. Caused in part by a certain lack of money, his mother[5] seems to keep him quite short of money, & his anxiety with regard to social interaction stems from a feeling of uncertainty concerning social forms. Even the issue of formal attire causes him problems. Ob- viously, part of the upbringing of a young man is a familiarity with how to interact with people, & he is missing that. Being aware of these things, when he was here, I gave him a check for 2000 M. with the intent of helping him in this regard & with the stipulation he should use half of this amount to buy the clothing necessary for social interaction (dinner jacket, morning coat, etc.). After the arrival of Miss Knecht, he gave me back this check along with the an- nouncement that he could not come to Kiel after all.[6] I am writing this to you with the request that you not let him know anything about it it would no doubt be un- pleasant for him. However, it would be the right thing for him it’s hard enough for the unformed character to develop in the right direction, & yet it would be very good for him if he could form a judgment from within himself as to what a foolish thing he is on the verge of doing. How about your attempting to influence his mother in this regard? Of course, it would be even better if he were taken in training by some Zurich family that has a relatively large amount of social interaction & he were given some money for his exclusive personal use, e.g., 100 Fr per month. Of course, not forgetting the cloth- ing issue, which will certainly cost from 1000 to 1500 Fr., but which is inevitable if he is to be put in a position to go out and see the world. And that would certainly be the best way to open his eyes.
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