was Berlin socialite Ethel Michanowski, who was involved with Einstein in the late 1920s and early ’30s.
Wolff described their relationship as an affair, but she disclosed little else about Michanowski, other than that she was about 15 years younger than Einstein and was friendly with his stepdaughters.
In the early 1980s, Elsa's daughter, Margot, gave almost 1,400 letters to Hebrew University, which Einstein helped found. "Out of all the dames, I am in fact attached only to Mrs.
He lectured in Europe and in the United States, where he died in 1955 at age 76.
But Einstein wrote hundreds of letters to his family.
But by filling in some of the gaps in correspondence, the newly released documents have “added colors to the image we had of Einstein before,” Wolff said. The letters also provide the full story of Einstein’s prize money for the 1921 Nobel Prize in physics.
Under the terms of his divorce from Mileva Maric, the entire sum was have been deposited in a Swiss bank account, and Maric was to draw on the interest for herself and the couple’s two sons, Hans Albert and Eduard.
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"Soon I'll be fed up with the (theory of) relativity," Einstein wrote in a postcard to Elsa in 1921.
"Even such a thing fades away when one is too involved with it." Einstein lived and studied in the 1930s at Oxford, where he hid from the Nazis.
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Ultimately, he paid her more money than he received with the prize, she added.