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Albert Einstein is without peer in the scientific community. A brilliant theoretical physicist and philosopher, Einstein’s theorems were light-years ahead of their time. His formula for mass-energy equivalence, popularly known as e=mc2, is a fundamental building block of our understanding of how the universe operates. A 1921 recipient of the Nobel Prize, Einstein’s name is now synonymous with “genius”.

In 1933, while Einstein was visiting the United States, Adolf Hitler came to power. Because of his Jewish background, Einstein did not return to Germany. He settled in the United States and became an American citizen in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential development of "extremely powerful bombs of a new type" and recommending that the US begin similar research. This eventually led to the Manhattan Project. He was affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, until his death in 1955.

Offered here is a two-sided typed letter addressed to “Commandant A. Bly” dated February 23, 1947. The letter reads “Dear Mr. Bly: I was very happy to receive your kind letter of January 1rst and to hear that you and your family have come will through those horrible years. Especially I liked to hear that you other ego, I mean your ship, is in good condition. I am confident that you and your family will be happy in Bruges, one of the most beautiful places I have seen in my life. It is strange to see, how little the people are learning even by the most painful experiences. It seems that the British and the Americans are making the same mistakes as after the first world-war by not preventing Germany to get strong and dangerous again. And they do it for very similar reasons. As soon as such a catastrophy is over – nobody is seriously striving to prevent the next one. I was deeply astonished by this fact already after 1919. (Page 2) I like very much my life in America. I have my own little house with a pretty garden and I am working now with the same pleasure as I did in younger years. With my best regards and wishes for you and your family, I remain yours very sincerely,” and Einstein signed in black “A. Einstein” with his printed name below. The letter is in excellent condition, only displaying some toning due to age and crease folds consistent with being placed in an envelope. A truly magnificent artifact from one of the great minds in human history. This comes with a LOA from Beckett Authentication for the signature.

1947 Albert Einstein Signed Typed Letter on Personal Stationery (Beckett)
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