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Lot 9

Rare Letter from Prof. Einstein to Admor Mordechai Shalom Yosef Friedman in Vienna. Berlin, November 13, 1930

Letter by Albert Einstein to the Admor of Sadigura, Mordechai Sholom Yosef Friedman, then residing in Vienna, Austria, dated November 1930. Einstein replies to a request by the rabbi to save two female members of his family from persecution in the Soviet Union. Berlin, 13.11.1930.

Specifications: [1] leaf, letterhead. 28x22 cm. German. Typewritten and signed by Einstein.

Unique Features: The Admor asked Einstein to help him rescue two female relatives from a death sentence in Soviet Russia. In this letter of response, Einstein expresses his willingness to help, but is unsure if his involvement will be beneficial. His relationship with the Soviet government had been recently undermined, when he signed an open protest opposing the execution of 48 innocent people. Not only that, but also an article expressing his opposition to the tyrannical government had been published in the United States.

This is an example of Einstein's unlimited willingness to help fellow Jews and also a rare example of correspondence with a senior rabbinic figure.

Condition: Fine. Fold marks with a few small tears along the fold line, light marginal blemishes, signs of dampness, aging stains.