June 17, 1924
Einstein Writes About House Bought With Nobel Prize Money - “the Visible Result of My Musings”
When Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921, not only was he not surprised, but he had already agreed, two years before, to give away the money. Thus the sum of 121,572 Swedish kronor - about ten times the annual salary of the average professor at that time – went to his ex-wife Mileva Maric, as stipulated in their 1919 divorce settlement. She used the prize money to buy three homes with rental apartments in Zurich. This letter concerns the first of those homes, on the Zurichberg…
Hopefully the elephant has been born by now, i.e., that the house has been bought. As far as the photograph is concerned, I like it very much. It does not yet seem old and in need of repair, but rather in good condition. I wish you luck and as many lodgers as you need who will pay their rent and will not cause you more annoyance than you will cause them. Meanwhile I am very much looking forward to seeing it, especially because this purchase is the visible result of my musings.
The rest of Einstein’s news concerns travel, and who will be where that summer. He does add, however, in connection with Hans Albert’s studies, that “Anschuetz would like to see you as his successor. But it is far from me to influence you in any way. Everyone has to make these important decisions in life by himself.”
Autograph Letter Signed (“Papa”), in German, 1 page, quarto, no place, June 17, 1924. To his ex-wife Mileva Maric and their two sons, Hans Albert and Eduard (“Tete”) Einstein.