EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955)
EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955)
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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955)

Autograph aphorism signed ('A. Einstein'), n.p., 1949.

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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955)
Autograph aphorism signed ('A. Einstein'), n.p., 1949.
In German, on a slip of paper, 68 x 125mm, laid onto board.

'Die Fahn' ist ein Symbol dafür
Dass noch der Mensch ein Herdentier'.

The flag is a symbol of the fact that Man is still a herd animal.

One of Einstein's best-known anti-nationalist aphorisms. Einstein's opposition to nationalism pre-dates even the Nazi regime in Germany – as early as 1929 he had described nationalism as 'an infantile disease, the measles of mankind' (interview with George Sylvester Viereck, Saturday Evening Post, 26 October 1929).
Exhibited
Exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum, 3 March 1979 - 8 April 1980, to mark the centenary of Einstein's birth (Einstein: A Centenary Exhibition, item 87).
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