Nov 08, 2018 - Sale 2492

Sale 2492 - Lot 175

Price Realized: $ 3,640
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
"IT IS . . . SHORT-SIGHTED TO ALLOW THE GERMANS TO DEVELOP A NEW . . . MILITARY" (SCIENTISTS.) ALBERT EINSTEIN. Typed Letter Signed, "A. Einstein," to Charles D. Williams, discouraging Williams from publishing a manuscript in which he argues that postwar Germany ought to be permitted to rearm. 1/2 page, 4to, personal stationery; faint marginal discoloration from prior matting, remnants of hinging at upper edge verso, horizontal folds. Princeton, 29 October 1953

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"It is evident to me that it is incredibly short-sighted to allow the Germans to develop a new powerful military maschine [sic] in the illusion that it can be used as a tool by the West. I must, however, confess that your theory about this matter seems to me unnecessarily indirect and complicated. It is like the product of a man who has formed his mind exclusively by reading mystery stories. I think that your manuscript is not suited to convince the public."

Following the disarmament of Germany at the close of World War II, the growing threat of East Germany to West Germany and the possibility of instability in western Europe from the Korean War caused a re-evaluation of the defenses in West Germany, leading to the formation of the Bundeswehr in 1955.