How money can bend your back

When money means more than a straight back:

From the (in 2000) book E = m… by David Bodanis: 

In 1938, the Italian refugee Emilio Segré had been offered a position of $ 300 a month in Ernest Lawrence’s laboratory. It was a stroke of luck for Segré, who was Jewish, because if he and his young wife had to return to Italy, there would no longer be any opportunity to work at a university. In addition, there was a great danger that they would be left to the Germans, and – as had happened to many of their relatives – their children might be killed. Segré remembered what Lawrence did:

“In July 1939, Lawrence, who must have understood my situation at the time, asked me if I could return to Palermo. I responded by telling him the truth, and he immediately shot in: “But why should I pay you $ 300 a month? From now on I will give you 116 dollars ”. I was speechless, and even now, so many years later, I do not understand that he did not think for a second what kind of impression he made. “

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Living in Norway. As alternative stays in Spain.
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