A decade before Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany, famed physicist Albert Einstein was already sensing imminent peril for his country and his own welfare, as a newly discovered letter reveals. As reported by the Associated Press, the previously unknown letter was recently brought forward by an anonymous collector. The handwritten note, dated August 12, 1922 and signed by Albert Einstein, was addressed to the famed physicist’s sister, Maja. Next week, the letter will be auctioned off by the Kadem Auction House, and it’s expected to fetch anywhere from between $15,000 to $20,000. The letter is interesting both for its timing and content. Einstein wrote the note after fleeing Berlin out of concerns for his safety. The Jewish-German Foreign Minister, Walter Rathenau, had just been assassinated by a trio of far right anti-Semitic Germans. After the killing, police warned Einstein that his life could be in danger, and they advised him to stop lecturing and even leave Berlin. The physicist heeded their warnings, and he moved north out of the city, possibly to Kiel, where he may have written this letter, according to a Kadem press release. “Nobody knows where I am,” he wrote to his sister in the letter, “and I’m believed to be missing.” As the note shows, Einstein was worried about burgeoning anti-Jewish feelings in Germany and the country’s uncertain future. “I am doing quite well, in spite of all the anti-Semites among my German colleagues,” he wrote. “I’m very reclusive here, without noise and without unpleasant… [Read full story]
You are here: / Newly Revealed Letter Shows Einstein Feared Persecution Long Before Nazis Took Power
Gizmodo is a design, technology, science and science fiction website that also features articles on politics. It was originally launched as part of the Gawker Media network run by Nick Denton, and runs on the Kinja platform.