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    Albert Einstein Autograph Letter Signed "A." One page, 8.5" x 9.5", Princeton; April 17, 1934. Written in German and addressed to his first wife Mileva. Einstein writes about the rising threat of Hitler and about possible medical aid for his son Eduard "Teitel", who suffered from schizophrenia. A translation reads in full:

    "Your letter, which raises such a lovely feeling of hope, made me immensely happy. I read the articles closely, and it does not seem completely impossible that a successful result might be obtained through a chemical intervention such as this. It would simply constitute a strong stimulus to the secretory system created by a deficiency of sugar within the blood. However, we should not rush into this thing, we must wait until more experience has been gained. I am enclosing a check for you to make it easier to pay the bank debts that have become due. I will also reimburse my sister for the expenses that accrue to her from Teitel's and the caregiver's visit. For now, I will not yet send periodical payments for the caregiver. I am strained so severely by the various acts of assistance that I have to restrict myself all around in the most extreme way. All this is the result of the Hitler-insanity, which has completely ruined the lives of all those around me." With docketing near the top right corner by Mileva.

    While Albert Einstein was travelling in the United States in 1933, Adolf Hitler came to power as chancellor of Germany. Knowing that he could not return home due to the rise of Nazi power, Einstein immigrated to the U.S. as a refugee. He took up a position at Institute for Advanced Study, where he remained working until his death in 1955. Eduard Einstein was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of twenty. He was institutionalized a number of times over the course of his life, and biographers now believe that the drugs and cures tested on him actually did more harm than good.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with archival tape repair near the bottom. Light uniform toning. Small tears at the edges. Red pencil brackets made around the first paragraph.


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