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Albert Einstein's letter about Adolf Hitler sells for £25,000 at auction

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Published : Sep 5, 2017, 5:33 pm IST
Updated : Sep 5, 2017, 5:33 pm IST

Einstein expressed his concern about Europe in the letter.

Albert Einstein. (Photo: AFP)
 Albert Einstein. (Photo: AFP)

1938 letter written by Albert Einstein warning of Adolf Hitler has sold at auction for £25,000.

In it, Einstein slammed British PM Neville Chamberlain for appeasing the dictator. He also questioned Chamberlain’s ability as a leader and the future of Europe. "I do not have any hope left for the future of Europe," Einstein expressed in the letter.

 

The physicist wrote the letter in 1938, 10 days after the Munich agreement was signed allowing Hitler to annex part of Czechoslovakia, which is known as the Sudetenland.

"While most people praised Chamberlain for avoiding war by appeasing Hitler, Einstein accurately predicted that it would embolden Hitler and do further damage to European alliances," the spokesman for auctioneers Nate D Sanders told the Daily Mail.

The letter was addressed to his best friend Michele Besso, a Swiss/Italian engineer. The two-page letter came complete with its original envelope postmarked Princeton, October 11, 1938.

An anonymous private collector by Nate D Sanders has bought the remarkable item.

 

"This is an exceptional and lengthy autograph letter signed by Albert Einstein," the Nate D Sanders spokesman told Daily Mail. Adding, "Einstein showed that his sharp mind extends beyond physics to also include the nuances and repercussions of international diplomacy."

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