Lot 281: TLS signed "A. Einstein," one page, 8.5 x 11, blindstamped personal Princeton letterhead, April 23, 1951. Letter to Mr. Joseph Halle Schaffner. In full: "Thank you for your letter of April 21st. I am glad that you approve of my suggestion and I still believe that it is the best use of the funds you so generously contributed." Nicely matted and framed with a portrait of Einstein to an overall size of 24 x 18. In fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from JSA. Schaffner, a wealthy clothing manufacturer, had made a generous donation to the American Council for Emigres in the Professions at Einstein's suggestion. The Council was formed in 1945 to support scientists and intellectuals in all aspects of resettlement in America. Having made the transition himself this was a cause close to Einstein's heart, and he had spent much of the previous decade advocating for Jewish refugees fleeing from Nazi Germany. Although the specific content of this letter is rather generic, Einstein's passionate, ongoing philanthropic work to benefit humanity is revealed within its broader context.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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