1951. Princeton, May 5, 1951.
2 pages, 278 x 214mm on his embossed Mercer Street stationery with the original transmittal envelope.
§ Einstein declines a request from Eason Monroe, chairman of the Federation for Repeal of the Levering Act in San Francisco CA, to be a sponsor of the Organization. "Your organization fights a symptom and not the disease... A nation who bases her foreign policy on naked power will necessarily become a police state which enslaves the individual in every respect. It is the road Germany has travelled... any interference into the political development of Asia is aggressive politics - also the establishment of alliances against Soviet Russia... If things go on as they do the fate of Germany will be repeated with us on a larger scale." Signed "A. Einstein" in black ink. Eason Monroe was a faculty member at San Francisco State University, who was fired in 1950 when he refused to sign the University of California system’s loyalty oath. On this day, he became head of the ACLU of Southern California, and went on to lead the organization for 20 years. Monroe eventually sued to regain his position at the university and, in December 1971, the California Supreme Court ordered him reinstated. He resigned his ACLU position in 1972 and rejoined the San Francisco State University faculty that fall. Item #123067