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25 December 1919, p. 6), though conceding a month later that he admired the Bolshevik leaders for
their political astuteness “however ludicrous their theories are” (“so komisch ihre Theorien sind”;
Einstein to Max Born, 27 January 1920, GyB, Nachlass Born, no. 188, pp. 10–11). The namesake to
whom he refers may be Carl Einstein (1885–1940), an art critic with Spartacist and Dadaist sympa-
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