AUTHORStern, Fritz
TITLEEinstein and Germany
PERIODICAL TITLEPhysics Today
DATE PUBLISHED1986
VOLUME NUMBERn/a
ISSUE NUMBERFebruary
PAGE NUMBERS40-49
ISSN0031-9228


This article discusses the tempestuous relationship that Albert Einstein had with his homeland, Germany. It begins with Einstein’s early years, when he rebelled against the authoritarian gymnasium where he attended school as a youth, and his subsequent emigration to Switzerland. In April of 1914, he returned to Germany to become a professor at the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin just before the onset of World War I. Fritz Stern discusses Einstein’s involvement in the pacifist movement and his cynical views of German nationalism. The author pays particular attention the close friendships that Einstein built with his colleagues in Berlin and how he dealt with his sudden notoriety after his theory of relativity was accepted. The article traces Einstein’s disillusionment with the Weimer Republic as the fascist and anti-Semitic movements grew and eventually took power. It concludes with Einstein’s immigration to the United States in 1932 and his reprobation of Germany after the Holocaust.


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