In 1927, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist named Philipp Lenard wrote to a colleague complaining about his recent achievements. Albert Einstein He meditated on the fact that academia and science were being dominated by Jews.
Leonard, an early supporter of the German Nazi Party, said Einstein’s prestigious appointment was not appropriate. Then he wondered if the non-Jews would soon be completely wiped out.
The original letter, written in German, is being auctioned at the Nate D. Sanders Auction in Los Angeles. According to the bid for items that also include English translations, bids start at $ 16,000. Auction listing..
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In a letter to another Nobel laureate, physicist Wilhelm Wien, Leonard lamented “Einstein’s actions” and mentioned Einstein’s recent acceptance of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Munich. The auction list states. Leonard wrote that the “shallow intelligence” of academia that uplifted Einstein was “an unexpected testimony of its rule by the Jews.”
He went on to wonder how his letter would look in the future, “provided that non-Jews were still alive.”
But when Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, it was not the non-Jews who were threatened with imminent extinction.From the beginning of World War II, the Nazis began systematically killing Jews throughout Europe, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.. By the end of the war, an estimated 6 million Jews (more than two-thirds of European Jews) had been killed.
Born in Hungary in 1862, Leonard Nobel Prize in Physics In 1905, his research on cathode rays led to the discovery of electrons, X-ray, by Nobel Foundation.. His experiments also investigated the photoelectric effect (the emission of electrons when light hits a metal). “We never forgave Einstein,” he said by raising awareness of this phenomenon, the Nobel Foundation said. biography..
However, Leonard’s hostility to Einstein also reflected a deep-seated anti-Semitic belief. According to the biography, Leonard was a very devoted member of Hitler’s National Socialist Party, so Nazi officials nominated him as chief of Aryan physics.
By 1927, Einstein was already well aware that with the rise of enthusiastic nationalism, dangerous anti-Semitic sentiment overtook the general dignity of Germany. fascism.. Five years ago, 1922, Einstein wrote a note To his sister Maya while hiding. He fled Berlin after a right-wing militant murdered his friend, a Jewish companion and German Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau.
“I’m doing very well, despite all the anti-Semites among my German colleagues,” Einstein wrote. “Here we are brewing an economically and politically dark era.”
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Originally published in Live Science.