In this handwritten letter on a card with a hole punched in the top right and bottom right corners, the author writes, “Dear Mr. Plaumann, Unfortunately I had misplaced your letter of Sept. 24. I don’t see a petition in which my name appears or which – as may be the case – even originates with me, as promising success; worse, it would be hindering and detrimental. That has been my prior experience, to my sorrow and that of others. How much more valid that is now! I will speak to Prof. Jens to see if something can be done by way of the Gruppe 47 (which just now awarded a prize to an East German, but which might have a green light just now.)….” Signed in full, “Ernst Bloch”.