Davos, July 12, 37
Dear Dr. Schumann,
I received your letter dated July 8. I have been living abroad for 20 years and because of my illness I live a very lonely and withdrawn life. I am not informed about the artistic events in Berlin. I certainly do not want to stand in anyone’s way or create a stir. If my name is a nuisance in the Academy, delete it. I would feel arrogant or silly if I wanted to resign from this great, honorable institution, to which my grandfather already belonged. I am not an enemy after all. If I were healthy, I would so gladly collaborate in the creation of a new German art. I have worked on it all my life and have been attacked for it often enough. I have never belonged to a political party. My work comes from simple human feeling and is directed at the same. I intended to gift the best of it to my country upon my death in order to serve my country. Some young artists are interested in it. I wish with all my heart that Germany would develop a new, beautiful, and healthy art. I and many other older people have worked honestly and faithfully for it, and sooner or later people will realize that.
With German greetings
E. L. Kirchner
Source: Archive of the Academy of Arts in Berlin; reprinted in Joseph Wulf, ed. Die Bildenden Künste im Dritten Reich. Eine Dokumentation. Gütersloh: Sigbert Mohn, 1963, p. 309.