Ein­stein warned of Nazis in let­ter

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

JERUSALEM — More than a decade be­fore the Nazis seized power in Ger­many, Al­bert Ein­stein was on the run and al­ready fear­ful for his coun­try’s fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to a newly re­vealed hand­writ­ten let­ter.

His long­time friend and fel­low Jew, Ger­man For­eign Min­is­ter Walther Ra­thenau, had just been as­sas­si­nated by right-wing ex­trem­ists and po­lice had warned the noted physi­cist that his life could be in dan­ger too.

So Ein­stein fled Ber­lin and went into hid­ing in north­ern Ger­many. It was dur­ing this hia­tus that he penned a hand­writ­ten let­ter to his beloved younger sis­ter, Maja, warn­ing of the dan­gers of grow­ing na­tion­al­ism and anti-Semitism years be­fore the Nazis ul­ti­mately rose to power, forc­ing Ein­stein to flee his na­tive Ger­many for good.

“Out here, no­body knows where I am, and I’m be­lieved to be away on a trip,” he wrote in Au­gust 1922. “Here are brew­ing eco­nom­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally dark times, so I’m happy to be able to get away from ev­ery­thing.”

The pre­vi­ously un­known let­ter is set to go on auc­tion next week in Jerusalem with an open­ing bid of $12,000.

The let­ter, which bears no re­turn ad­dress, is pre­sumed to have been writ­ten while he was stay­ing in the port city of Kiel be­fore em­bark­ing on a lengthy speak­ing tour across Asia.

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