Auctions | March 26, 2021

Einstein Letter Sold for $63,195

Courtesy of Nate D. Sanders Auctions

Albert Einstein letter to William Morris of the famed William Morris Agency, regarding helping Jewish refugees, 1939.

Los Angeles – An Albert Einstein typed letter signed just months before World War II, with moving content regarding helping Jewish refugees sold tonight for $63,195 at Nate D. Sanders Auctions. It received 13 bids.

The letter was dated June 10, 1939 on Einstein’s personal blind-embossed letterhead from Princeton. Einstein wrote to William Morris of the famed William Morris Agency, who worked on ''behalf of the refugees during Dedication Week.'' Einstein continues, ''...The power of resistance which has enabled the Jewish people to survive for thousands of years has been based to a large extent on traditions of mutual helpfulness. In these years of affliction our readiness to help one another is being put to an especially severe test. May we stand this test as well as did our fathers before us.

We have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity and our knowledge that the cause for which we are suffering is a momentous and sacred cause.

It must be a source of deep gratification to you to be making so important a contribution toward rescuing our persecuted fellow-Jews from their calamitous peril and leading them toward a better future...[signed] A. Einstein.

Bidding on the letter began at $10,000.

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