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Albert Einstein letter to Maja Winteler-Einstein

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 2018.379.1

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    Albert Einstein letter to Maja Winteler-Einstein
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    Description
    A hand-written letter from Albert Einstein, addressed to his sister Maja Winteler-Einstein, dated December 14, 1938, in which Einstein encourages his sister to visit him in America on a visitor’s visa and describes the relief work he is undertaking on behalf of persecuted victims of Nazi Germany.
    Date
    creation:  1938 December 14
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dr. Sidney Davidson In memory of Johanna Neumann
    Collection Creator
    Albert Einstein
    Biography
    Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-Jewish theoretical physicist. He was born in Ulm, Germany to Hermann Einstein and Pauline Koch. He was visiting the United States in 1933 when Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany. Due to the anti-Semitic rhetoric coming from the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler, Einstein decided not to return to Germany, where he had been a professor at the Berlin Academy of Sciences. He renounced his German citizenship, and became a United States citizen in 1940. Shortly after, the Nazi party confiscated his property in Germany. During World War II, Einstein supported the Allied Forces, but denounced the idea of creating and utilizing nuclear weapons. He accepted a position with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey in October 1933, where he would remain affiliated until his death in 1955.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Genre/Form
    Letters.
    Extent
    1 folder

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2018.
    Funding Note
    Funds for the Acquisition of this letter have been provided by a generous donation from Dr. Sidney Davidson in memory of Johanna Neumann.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-10 10:25:17
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