D O C U M E N T S 2 0 6 , 2 0 7 M A R C H 1 9 2 6 2 2 1 205. Calculations [Berlin, after 26 February 1926][1] [Not selected for translation.] 206. To the Internationale Arbeiterhilfe[1] [Berlin,] 28 February 1926 To the Reich’s Committee of the I. A. H. As correct and important as the establishment of a referendum in the case of the compensation for the princes as you define it seems to me, it is impossible for me to sign this petition.[2] The palaces and parks have thus far not been “pleasure gar- dens for the mistresses of princes,”[3] etc. It would have been enough to indicate to the people a right and the necessity to exercise this right, instead of creating fruit- less bitterness. In this manner, one exacerbates pointless antagonisms, which are, in themselves, necessary and productive. Excessive ranting does not win trust nor does it educate people to become citizens of the Republic. Respectfully yours, A. Einstein 207. Verse on a Visit to IG Farben[1] [Berlin, after 2 March 1926][2] Proud and happy ¢did I come² did I dare Wisdom to the Ancients bear. My having now thus arrived, Mr. Bosch[3] did contrive To take me into the labor labyrinth, Where one works and where one thinks. A thousand hands, a thousand minds, Like a single giant kind. ¢One healthy giant body² See what you [can] ¢achieve² take in hand ¢If you’re led² by the right man Under guidance of the right man.
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