'Obliged to speak up'
Earlier, Einstein faced criticism in Germany after touring the U.S. to raise funds for the Hebrew University. At the time, another German-Jewish scientist, Fritz Bauer, accused Einstein of disloyalty. But Einstein was having none of it:
"Despite my declared international mentality, I do still always feel obliged to speak up for my persecuted and morally oppressed fellow clansmen, as far as it is within my powers ... this involves an act of loyalty far more than one of disloyalty."
Years later, Einstein would be offered the presidency of the state of Israel in 1952 but turned it down.
March 19, 2012 12:27 PM PDT
Photo by: Hebrew University
| Caption by: Charles Cooper
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