Lot 170: ALS in German, signed "Albert," one page, 7.25 x 10.5, no date but notated August 1935. Letter addressed to "My Beloved Ones!" In full (translated): "He was the last one of the adults who had been around us in Munich, a happy individual, whose long life was indeed a good investment. Robert, uncomplicated as he was, made it easy for everyone else getting along with him. Freud would have been among the unemployed, had all people been as healthy and un-crippled as he was. Never one to dwell much in sorrow, more inclined to enjoy amusement and fun, and quite certainly would not be pleased being the focus of sadness. That is why I strongly believe that we should honor his memory best of all by being happy and content, thinking of him as one who did not take life and death all too seriously." Intersecting folds, moderate overall creases, and a spot of soiling, otherwise fine condition.
Einstein's letter is to his cousins, at first remembering their days growing up together in Munich before continuing on to address the death of one of their relatives. Born in 1879, Einstein lived with his family in Munich until they moved to Italy in 1894 following the failure of his father's company. That Einstein mentions the other most famous intellectual of the era—Sigmund Freud—is especially interesting, as the pair had recently exchanged a lengthy correspondence on the subject of war and peace. The project commenced at the behest of the League of Nations in 1932 just as Hitler was rising to power in Einstein's Germany. Entitled 'Why War?,' the piece they compiled for publication was overshadowed by world events and never received the attention it deserved. Freud's outlook was bleak. Einstein's was less so, just as this letter reveals his positivity in light of tragedy. An extremely desirable, lengthy letter in the hand of the renowned genius.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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