Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Albert Einstein in Nazi Propaganda
Since Einstein was Jewish, the Nazis were compelled to argue that his theory was nonsense and that he himself was up to no good. There was a surprising amount of anti-Einstein propaganda after 1933, more of which I may add over time. Today I add a 1939 article from Mitteilungen über die Judenfrage, a publication of the Institut zum Studium der Judenfrage, the most prestigious of the anti-Semitic scholarly enterprises during the Third Reich. Titled “Albert Einstein: The ‘Tourist Attraction’ of Princeton,” it says that there is nothing new in the Theory of Relativity (or if there is, Einstein plagiarized it), and that he is up to evil deeds as he abuses American hospitality.