THE LAW: Dr. Nathan's Passport

For 2½ labyrinthine years, Dr. Otto Nathan tried to get a passport to go abroad "for pleasure and study." About 1,000,000 other U.S. citizens got passports during this period, but Dr. Nathan ran into difficulties. As an economics professor at New York University and the executor of Physicist Albert Einstein's will, Dr. Nathan specifically wants to attend the Jubilee of the Relativity Theory in Bern, Switzerland, to seek cooperation from scientists in preserving and publishing Einstein's manuscripts. But the State Department first stalled, then denied Dr. Nathan his passport, vaguely letting it be known that there was damaging material...

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