Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Autograph Letter Signed by Albert Einstein

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Letter handwritten and personally signed by Albert Einstein, addressed to the Danish journalist, Karen Stampe-Bendix. Location unspecified. Undated [1930s?]. German.
Personal letter from Albert Einstein to his friend, the Danish journalist, Karen Stampe-Bendix, who had apparently sent local food items to him and his wife. In this letter, Einstein thanks Stampe-Bendix for these items.

[1] f., 21.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Fold lines. Minor tears to edges. Open tears to corners and to lengths of fold lines, with minor damage to text. Letter restored and mounted onto thin paper sheet for reinforcement.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955), among the most influential of physicists of the 20th century and of all time, gave rise to the theory of relativity and helped lay the foundations for the theory of quantum mechanics. Nobel Laureate in Physics. Born to a Jewish family in Ulm in southern Germany, studied in Switzerland, and served as professor at a number of different universities. In addition to his distinguished scientific accomplishments, Einstein was deeply involved for many years in social and political activism. As soon as the Nazis came to power in Germany, he chose to renounce his German citizenship and settle permanently in the United States with his second wife, Elsa Einstein (1876-1936), where he was offered a position at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in New Jersey. Albert Einstein remained in Princeton until his death on April 18, 1955.
Karen Stampe-Bendix (1881-1963), Danish educator, screenwriter, and author. Daughter of the Danish-Jewish composer Victor Bendix and the Danish baroness, author, and philanthropist Rigmor Stampe-Bendix (goddaughter of Hans Christian Andersen). Stampe-Bendix became friendly with the Einstein couple in the 1930s, and published a lengthy biographical article on Albert Einstein in the Danish daily newspaper "Politiken."

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