Lot 429

Einstein Signed, "Two years after the fall of the German Goyim" 1st Ed of "Mein Weltbild"

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Einstein Signed, "Two years after the fall of the German Goyim" 1st Ed of "Mein Weltbild"

Estimate: $12,000 - $14,000

Current Bid: $4,000

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February 1, 2023 11:00 AM EST
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Wilton, CT, US

Description:

Einstein Signed, "Two years after the fall of the German Goyim" 1st Ed of "Mein Weltbild"

A signed German edition of "Mein Weltbild" or "The World As I See It" by Albert Einstein. Amsterdam: Querdio Verlag, 1934. First edition. Large twelvemo, 269pp. Signed and inscribed by Einstein on the front free endpaper, in German (translated): "Two years after the Fall of the German Goyim. Kindly granted Albert Einstein 1935." The recipient's name has been clipped out. Several diagrams and tables throughout. Black cloth-covered boards with gilt titling on the front cover. Printed in German. With light wear and dampstaining to the covers. Slightly cocked. Light toning and foxing throughout internal pages and edges. Boldly signed.

Einstein's inscription being dated 1935 is a patent reference to Hitler's seizure of power in 1933, and his use of the term "Sündenfall" meaning "the Fall of Adam" or the "Fall of man", referencing Genesis, chapters 1-3 in which Adam and Eve went from innocence to guilty disobedience, supports this. "Goyim" is a disparaging Yiddish and Hebrew term for non-Jews, but has evolved over time to be used by anti-semites. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the term has been used ironically by white supremacists to refer to themselves to signal a belief in conspiracy theories about Jewish people. It is therefore likely that the recipient of this book and inscription did not wish to be associated with the negative connotation of the derogatory word "Goyim" and chose to remove their name from the book.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) had been on a visit to the United States when he learned that in February and March of 1933 the Gestapo had conducted numerous raids on his apartment in Berlin. He realized that he would be unable to return to Germany due to the rise of the Nazis under Adolf Hitler and formally renounced his German citizenship on March 28, 1933. He and his wife Elsa sought asylum in Belgium and England before ultimately settling in the United States.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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