D O C S . 1 4 0 , 1 4 1 O C T O B E R 1 9 1 9 1 1 9 140. To Pauline Einstein [Berlin,] 17 October 1919 Dear Mother, Much correspondence from us, even pretty photographs, unfortunately never reached you. I am very glad that you have Guste’s company and that you can do needlework again.[1] Tomorrow, first thing in the morning, it’s finally away to Ley- den where I’ll be staying for a fortnight.[2] Here all is well so far, just Uncle Rudolf has much to complain about again.[3] I decided now to relocate Miza and the boys to Germany, probably into the Baden area.[4] I can’t bear the currency exchange any longer. They will probably resist it. I find it wonderful of Guste that she came to see you despite all the difficulties. I send my cordial regards. Warm greetings to you, Guste, the nurse, and Maja from your Albert. Here a storm is beginning to brew again. There’s striking and swearing.[5] We’ve been able to heat nicely until now. But Born in Frankfurt is moaning about the cold.[6] I’m in suspense about the famous national bankruptcy, or what form it’s go- ing to take.[7] I’m resolved to stay here if it doesn’t become completely impos- sible.[8] 141. To Otto Lehmann-Russbüldt [Berlin,] 17 October 1919 New Fatherland League, Berlin Dear Mr. Lehmann-Russbüldt,[1] It has been brought to my notice by politically neutral parties that Soviet Rus- sia’s population is being most grievously plagued by epidemics.[2] The greatest part of the blame for these catastrophic health conditions lies with the embargo imposed on Russia, which also applies to medications, etc. It is, in my view, our duty to use our influence at home, as well as abroad through our foreign contacts, to have the embargo relaxed at least to the extent that the hapless civilian population can be somewhat relieved.[3] Unfortunately, I cannot do anything about this matter here because I must leave tomorrow on a trip to Holland.[4] I urgently beg you, though, to consult with our friends as soon as possible about what can be done from our side. I myself shall take steps in Holland and in Switzerland.[5] With kind regards, yours.
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