2 0 6 D O C . 2 4 6 J A N U A R Y 1 9 2 0 time being, especially since I am very much needed here and very busy. My mother is with us now in the apartment in a hopeless condition that could still last very long. The picture by Miss Schleussner is, in my view, unconvincing. It claims to be more interesting than either the original or the artist’s expressive skill allows. Now I have doubts again, after all, about whether I should accommodate my family here (i.e., in Baden). Maybe I can muster enough foreign money to be able to let them stay in Zurich. This may have advantages for my children’s more distant fu- ture, which would justify tackling the difficulties. The displacement of spectrum lines is now virtually secured. For in a paper by Grebe and Bachem, which is about to appear, the previous negative findings from the Sun are explained in a very simple way and corrected. I’ll come to Switzerland as soon as possible, but without giving lectures. Cordial greetings to you and Anna, from your Albert. The P.–M. marriage seems to be coming along better again. 246. To Hellmuth von Gerlach [Berlin,] 6 January 1920 Esteemed Mr. von Gerlach, Friends of mine have pointed out to me that the moment was rife for putting pressure on the government for the immediate release of political prisoners. I am convinced that the current state of affairs is regarded by a large number of influen- tial persons throughout the country as untenable, and that, for instance, a declara- tion bearing their signatures published by a suitable political group or a party rep- resentative (poss. even Center) could meet with success in the National Assembly. The moment seems so auspicious because a lifting of the state of emer- gency without releasing political prisoners is merely a half-measure, quite disre- garding that imprisonment is particularly hard to endure under the present poor food conditions. We are all in agreement that the text on whose basis the signatures are to be so- licited must be written by you. Since you will not be able to remain a stranger to this insight either, I dare to ask this cordially of you. You will certainly manage to avoid the difficulty of a political incident emerging from this matter that would be very harmful to the enterprise. Since the moment must be seized, I beg you ur- gently to relay your answer to me immediately, whatever it may be (poss. by tele- phone Noll[endorfstr.] 2807). With kind regards.