Alfred Nobel's Letters Reveal His anti-Semitic, Chauvinistic Side

For 15 years, the man behind the Nobel Prize exchanged letters with his Viennese mistress, a flower girl called Sofie Hess. The Nobel Foundation kept the contents of these letters under wraps for almost a century, for fear of tarnishing his name

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Alfred Nobel’s letters to his Viennese mistress between 1877 and 1896 reveal the chauvinism and anti-Semitism of the Swedish tycoon behind the prestigious prize that bears his name.