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#179 - Albert Einstein Estimate: $3,500+

Einstein on the withdrawal of his personal doctor from war-torn Germany

TLS in German, signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 8.5 x 11, blind-stamped Princeton letterhead, February 5, 1939. Letter to noted physician and medical writer Isidore W. Held, arranging a meeting in the city and discussing the situation of the German physician Rudolf Ehrmann, who was at one time Einstein’s personal physician. In full (translated): "Next Wednesday evening I will come to New York for a few days to do the duties. Today I received a letter from Ehrmann, which I enclose. From the letter one can only say: short and imprecise! One does not see whether your kind efforts have been unsuccessful and, if so, in what respect the consul believed he had to refuse to grant a non-quota visa. At any rate, I do not want to write to Ehrmann until we have thought it over together. The following is also obscure: In his letter to Dr. Libman he wrote that he had a residence permit in England for a year. But this does not mention anything in this letter to me. Please make out with Buckys when and where we can see each other." In very good condition, with overall creasing, multiple intersecting folds, several staple holes, and short edge tears to the bottom edge.

After several attempts were made to expedite the safe extraction of Ehrmann and his family from Germany, Einstein and Held were ultimately successful after corresponding with New York University Dean Currier McEwenin, who, through various channels, helped the Ehrmanns quickly obtain visas. By the time war had begun, Ehrmann was on his way to the United States, and by October, he had taken his place as a clinical professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and as an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital. He went on to establish a clinical practice based at Beth Israel Hospital and published a half a dozen articles in English before his retirement. In 1955, when Einstein was terminally ill, Ehrmann rushed to Princeton, New Jersey, to be by his side.

Born in Austria, Dr. Held received his medical education at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and spent four-and-a-half years of post-graduate study in Berlin and Vienna, eventually becoming a physician at Beth Israel Hospital in New York. He was active in Jewish communal affairs and, like Einstein, Dr. Held helped members of the scientific community escape Nazi Germany and published articles on behalf of persecuted Jewish physicians. He was a founder of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York City, a founder of the American Jewish Physicians Committee to build a medical school in Palestine, and a member of the National Council of the Joint Distribution Committee.

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