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Einstein Letter Criticizing Neville Chamberlain Goes On Auction Block

It might not be the theory of relativity, but several of Albert Einstein’s letters will go on auction in Los Angeles this week – presenting smart buyers with an opportunity to own history.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions will take bids for the items, the Algemeiner reported, including letters in which the famed physicist reflects on the Munich Agreement – in which France and Britain allowed Nazi Germany to take Czechoslovakia – and his divorce from his first wife.

“Now [Chamberlain] saved Hitler in the nick of time by crowning himself with the wreath of love of peace and inducing France to betray the Czechs,” Einstein wrote to friend Michele Besso about the Munich Agreement, inked by British prime minister Neville Chamberlain.

Einstein, who died in 1955, left Germany in 1933, after the Nazis took power. He then took up residence in New Jersey as a professor at Princeton.

His tone in the letters, written in the 1930s, is decidedly pessimistic. “I do not have any hope left for the future of Europe,” he writes in one of his letters to Besso.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon




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