Shocking Einstein letters reveal ‘Hitler-madness”, at the auction

FILE – June, 1954 file photo shows physicist Albert Einstein in Princeton, N. J. (AP Photo, File)

A series of letters from Albert Einstein will be auctioned later this week, with messages touching on a number of topics, including his thoughts about Jewish people’s rights to defend themselves, the rise of anti-Semitism in the time and the “Hitler-the madness.”

The three letters, all published before the beginning of the second world War, to give new insights into Einstein’s thinking at a time when Adolf Hitler was the growing power in Eastern Europe and how it influenced his own life and the lives of the people around him.

The first letter, published in September 1921 to his sister Maja Winteler-Einstein, discusses Einstein had intended to travel to Munich, Germany, but did this not as an increase of serious anti-Semitism, his life would be in danger.

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“…I’m supposed to go to Munich, but I will not do that, because this would endanger my life,” Einstein wrote in the letter to his sister, in which some of the results are a son, Hans Albert, was making. The letter has a minimum bid of $12,000, according to Nate D. Sanders, the auction for the sale of the letters.

A second letter, dated April 1934, gives further insight into Einstein’s marriage to his first wife, Mileva, and the care for their son, Eduard, and his thoughts on Hitler, that the world-famous theoretical physicist said was entirely responsible for the ruin of “the lives of all the people around me.”

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“Your letter, which evokes a wonderful feeling of hope, made me very, very happy. I read the articles on the foot, and it seems to me not entirely impossible that a successful result can be obtained by means of a chemical procedure such as this,” Einstein wrote in the letter to express the concern for his son, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. “It would just constitute a strong stimulus for the endocrine system created by a shortage of sugar in the blood. However, we should not be hasty in this matter, we should wait until more experience is gained.”

Einstein said that he would pay money “to pay the bank debts that are due and payable,” as well as the reimbursement of his sister for the costs for Eduard.”For now, I will not send periodic payments for the caregiver. I am stretched so severely by the different resolutions of the help that I have to restrict myself all around in the most extreme way. All this is the result of the Hitler madness, which completely ruined the lives of all the people around me. / Best regards to you. Your / A.”

This letter has a minimum bid of $25,000, the auction house added.


A last letter, dated 12 June 1939, almost three months prior to the official start of the war, according to gives great detail on Einstien’s thoughts on the “power of resistance” to the Jewish people have used to “survive for thousands of years.”

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“The strength of the resistance, allowing the Jewish people to survive for thousands of years is based to a large extent on traditions of mutual helpfulness,” Einstein wrote in a letter of Dr. Maurice Lenz. “In these years of misery, our willingness to help each other is a particularly severe test. May we stand this test as our fathers before us.”

Einstein went further: “We have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity and our knowledge that the cause for which we suffer is an important and sacred thing.” If the first letter is provided, this letter also has a minimum bid of $12,000.

In the past few months, Einstein’s letters have garnered significant interest at an auction. In December, a letter in which he discussed his Jewish faith as “man’s eternal search for the phrase” sold for a record $2.89 million.


In October 2017, Einstein’s comment about the theory of happiness is sold to an unknown buyer in Jerusalem was to be an auction for $1.56 million.

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