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Max Planck ALS From Germany During the Height of the Nazi Period

Autograph Letter Signed, “M. Planck.,” in German, Berlin, August 2, 1942, 1 p., 5.75” x 8.25”, on his personal letterhead stationery, “Wangenheimstr. 21 Berlin-Grunewald”. Horizontal fold, light rust impression from paperclip, else Fine condition. Accompanied by a typed carbon copy article, 9 pp., “Reminiscences. Mrs. Antonie von Siebold”, and the original transmittal envelope addressed by Planck to “Councillor Michelmann”.

Planck pens, in full, “Esteemed Councillor! As our departure is imminent, I want to return to you with my sincere thanks the ‘Reminiscences’ written by Mrs. Brawn-Ataria about Mrs. Von Siebold. It was for me an emotional pleasure to look back into the past spent in Munich. In a colorful way, I’d like to add that the picture of this so lively and venerable lady is still vivid in my mind. At the same time I send you the historical picture of the Gauss-Weber with the famous wire, which I don’t like to leave here when I leave the house with my wife, as its fate is quite uncertain. With best greetings and good wishes for the summer and autumn.”

Planck autograph material is quite rare. His fond memories of time spent in Munich refer to his early career as a teacher in a five-year inaugural post. He then moved to the University of Berlin in 1889, where he would remain until 1928.

Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck (1858-1947) was a German theoretical physicist whose discovery of energy quanta won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. The Planck's constant defines the amount of energy that a photon can carry, according to the frequency of the wave in which it travels.

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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