Shelves with the professor's documents in Glasgow
August 7, 1955, Professor Peter Ameisenhaufen drove alone to the north
of Scotland. Three days later his car was found on the coast, near a
cliff. His body was never found. His last journal entry is a letter
to Helen: It is coming to an end. I don't know whether or not I am afraid.
Helen, dearest, I know that you will read this. I am going and cannot
take you with me. I have an appointment. If all goes well, we will start
anew. If not, I wish you good luck and beg you to forgive me for the
many manias with which I have tormented you these last wonderful years.
Above all, I want to tell you that I loved you more than everything
else in my life. I hope that we will soon see each other again. Your
Peter. Helen died in an automobile accident three years later. Her little
house, rebuilt after the fire, was sealed by her family. Through a whim
of fate, it has been opened to us.
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