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Albert Einstein, The Human Side by Ze'ev Rosenkranz, Banesh Hoffmann, Helen Dukas, Albert Einstein

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ON 13 November 1950, the minister of a church in Brooklyn, N.Y., wrote to Einstein in Princeton saying, among other things, that some twenty-six years before, as a college student, he had bought an autographed photograph of Einstein that he had cherished ever since. He went on to say that shortly after the rise of Hitler, Einstein had made a statement that the minister had often quoted from his pulpit. He wondered if Einstein would send him the two paragraphs of the statement copied out in Einstein’s own handwriting so that he could reframe the photograph to include them.

Saying that he did not wish to seem like a parasite, he enclosed a check—not in payment, since he knew that one could not buy such a handwritten statement, but as a gift for ...

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