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Albert Einstein, the renowned physicist and humanitarian, writes to Lionel M. Ettlinger in March of 1940, lamenting the present situation in Europe — and to thank him for the pipe he sent.
[Transcription, translated from original German:]
The 31st of March 1940
Mr. Lionel M. Ettlinger
New York City
Dear Mr. Ettlinger:
Sincere thanks for your congratulation and the pipe you sent me. -- Meanwhile terrible things happen and one cannot do anything about it, except for troublesome help in individual cases. You are quite right, it is hard to understand that the people in England Anno 33 did not earnestly consider your materials. How easy it would have been to avoid the present calamity.
Fondest regards Your
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Einstein, Albert, "Albert Einstein letter to Lionel M. Ettlinger; 31 March 1940, Princeton." (1940). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 320.
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