Einstein turned seventy-five on March 14, 1954, and wrote this letter offering thanks for Andermann’s birthday gift of a Vivaldi record. The German text can be translated as follows: “You can rest assured that I have received all your letters including such enclosures. In the last years the mail has increased such that I could not satisfy all my obligations, even if I would renounce all my productive work. This I resist now with the rest of my strength...Now I want to thank you for this wonderful Vivaldi record. As soon as I have overcome the horrors of my birthday, I’ll be able to relax and give myself over to the work of this master while thinking of you thankfully.”. On Einstein’s blind-embossed stationery (address: 112 Mercer St., Princeton). Very minor foxing to edges, otherwise a fine copy with the original typed envelope. 8 1/2 x 11." One page. Item #16942
Einstein was well known for his love of music. He played the piano and had played the violin earlier in life. Dr. Eugenie Andermann (1895 - ?) was a pediatrician and a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to New York in 1938. See “Eugenie Andermann, Dr. med., Kinderärztin.” Deutsch Gesselschaft für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin (webpage).
Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database, #732. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.