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"The cottage in Caputh is indeed a bankruptcy, but a very beautiful [...]" wrote Albert Einstein on November 18, 1929 his sister Maja short time after he moved into his new summer house in Caputh.On his fiftieth birthday on March 14, 1929, Einstein received congratulations and gifts from around the world. To avoid the hype, he did not spend his birthday in Berlin, but he "fled" with his family in the villa of his doctor and friend Janos Plesch to Gatow am Wannsee. The city of Berlin also congratulated the world-famous physicist and son of the city. The mayor of Berlin, Gustav Böß, emphasized in his congratulatory telegram that the city of Berlin was proud to "count those Germans among its citizens whose fame not only fills the world, but whose name will be counted among those immortals through the millennia ". But despite all these beautiful words, you did not have a present for Einstein. A scandal!
June 27, 2016
At the suggestion of the Lord Mayor, the birthday present of the city should be a house on the lake. Some time before Einstein's birthday, the Berlin city council had decided on this generous gift, and in the following period several projects were proposed to Einstein and his family. In the first house, which had chosen the city, one would have had to throw out the tenant, but Einstein did not agree. Similarly, the city continued with the following project proposals, which wanted to give away houses that they could not freely dispose of. After finally finding out that there was no suitable house available, Einstein's consent was to give a plot of land on which to build a house to his liking. But even this project failed miserably. Over time, the gift became smaller and smaller. The city now wanted to give only a plot that Einstein should choose himself and then he could build a house at his own expense.In the meantime, the press of the "gift of the city" had accepted. Thus, the whole action was carried into the public and became a scandal.Elsa Einstein then found a suitable property in Caputh in the Waldstraße 7, to which the Lord Mayor Böß has also agreed. But after also political arguments over the gift within the city parliament occurred, then Einstein finally renounced. He told the Lord Mayor in a letter that tried in vain to persuade him to reverse his decision.Then Einstein acquired the property in Caputh and had his house built at his own expense. Although the city's "lost gift" was wasting Einstein's savings, he never regretted this step later.
June 27, 2016
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