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55. Einstein, Albert. Autograph letter signed (“Papa”), 1 page (8.5 x 11 in.; 216 x 279 mm.), in German, [no place], dated 7 January 1939, written to Dear Children, addressing Albert and his wife. Minor tear at top margin with punch holes on left margin.
Einstein expresses his condolences for the loss of Albert’s child, Klaus Martin, at age six.
Einstein writes in part: ...This has hit me especially hard after all the terrible things the last years have brought...I believe we are strong people who become stronger and more selfless when we are dealt a blow...Your short letter, dear Albert, showed me again that you are a man who is able to cope with life in the best way. I find great comfort in knowing that.The only way fate can strike you two down is when you yourselves die one day...Hugs and kisses to both of you, Love Papa.
Hans Albert Einstein, heeding father Albert Einstein’s advice, emi- grated from Switzerland to Greenville, South Carolina in 1938. It was in South Carolina where Klaus Martin died of diphtheria.
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56. Einstein, Albert. Autograph letter signed (“Papa”), 1 page (8.5 x 10.75 in.; 216 x 273 mm.), in German, [no place], 19 November 1944, written to his son Eduard (nicknamed “Tetel” for petit). Present on verso is a handwritten letter to Tetel from Einstein’s sister Maja Winteler-Einstein. Exhibits diagonal lines across the text in translucent marking pen, possibly by a wartime censor, not obscuring text; minor paperclip stain.
Einstein becomes philosophical about his age and sends literary recommendations to his schizophrenic son after discovering his talent for writing.
Einstein writes in part: I hope that you feel well and content and can get yourself to sit down and write something literary again...I read a collection of your aphorisms without knowing who composed them and was positive- ly surprised when I found out who the author was... Einstein becomes philosophical about age and the sense of distance that comes with it...There’s nothing more joyful and satisfying than what you’ve fought to create and shape into the best form possible. I feel that now, especially as I’m getting older and I have the sense of distance to life that older people tend to develop. After having been isolated due to your illness, perhaps you can relate to this more than other people your age. Einstein recommends reading materials to inspire his son to write more...Read Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Power of Darkness and Aeschylus’ dramas especially Prometheus...Love, Papa
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