October 11th, 2011
07:26 AM ET

Einstein letter on Nazi persecution of Jews for sale

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - A letter from Albert Einstein warning of the persecution of Jews in Germany on the eve of World War II is up for auction in California, with the sale ending Tuesday evening Pacific time.

The physicist writes of the importance of "rescuing our persecuted fellow-Jews from their calamitous peril and leading them toward a better future" in the June 10, 1939 letter.

Einstein praises New York businessman Hyman Zinn for his "splendid work" on behalf of refugees.

"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," Einstein writes to Zinn, of the Manhattan Button Company.

The typewritten letter, hand-signed "A. Einstein," was written just under three months before the outbreak of World War II, when the persecution of Jews was already well underway.

Auctioneer Nate Sanders said he expects the letter to go for $5,000 to $7,000.

It "contains powerful content showing that Einstein was devoted to the Jewish people," Sanders said in a statement.

Bidding stood at just over $3,000 for the letter with 12 hours left in the auction.

It closes at 5 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday.

The lot also includes the envelope the letter was sent in.

An estimated six million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis and their allies in the Holocaust.

Einstein was born in Germany but renounced his citizenship in 1933, when Adolf Hitler became leader of Germany, and moved to the United States.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Germany • Holocaust • Judaism

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Sanders

    What we got here is FAILURE to communicate,some men you just can't reach..save your ass for the hazzing.

    October 14, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  2. hippypoet

    We believe in one God,
    the Father, the Almighty SUN,
    Creator of heaven and earth,
    of all that is, seen and unseen.
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God,
    Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation
    he came down from heaven:
    by the power of the Holy LIGHT WAVES
    he became incarnate from the Merry people,
    there will be no judging the living and or the dead,
    and his kingdom will have no end.

    We believe in the LIGHT, the Lord, the giver of life,
    With the SUN he is worshiped and glorified.
    He has spoken through the Prophet Hippypoet.
    We believe in one holy SUN and Church of eternal LIGHT.
    We will look up towards the heavens,

    October 14, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  3. Rubedo

    You know, I think the Republicans are trying to repeat this part of history; persecution of all Americans. They seem to have the same pathetic views as Hitler as to the haves and the haves-not; protect the rich and let the rest die in a pile.

    October 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  4. art vandolay

    I think I saw Hitler playing golf with Hank Williams Jr today, on a course in Argentina. They were sipping pina coladas and both wearing pink golf pants. I guess in honor of breast cancer awareness, but who knows... -Art

    October 13, 2011 at 12:13 am |
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