EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Photograph inscribed and signed (''Albert Einstein'') to Arthur W. Tager, n.p., 12 February 1932. Black-and-white photograph, 6¾ inches by 4¼ inches, matted and framed, in German.
EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Photograph inscribed and signed ("Albert Einstein") to Arthur W. Tager, n.p., 12 February 1932. Black-and-white photograph, 6¾ inches by 4¼ inches, matted and framed, in German.
A WARM INSCRIPTION FROM A GENIUS "GYPSY AND A WANDERER," A YEAR BEFORE HIS FINAL DEPARTURE FROM GERMANY
This photograph shows Einstein standing, hair dissheveled, pipe in hand, smiling, looking off to the distance. In upper portion, alongside his head he writes: "Heartfelt thanks for your kindness in helping bring order and discipline into the life of a gypsy and wanderer." The late 1920s and early 1930s were especially active years for Einstein. He worked steadily on his elusive quest to achieve a unified field theory, a linkage between the forces of gravity and electromagnetism. He was also active on the political front, advocating the creation of a Zionist state in Palestine and for international disarmament and world peace. In the summer of 1929 he began a correspondence with Sigmund Freud on the pyschological roots of war, published in 1933 as the pamphlet "Why War?" He traveled widely, lectured on science and politics, and sought to organize fellow scientists against the growing political violence and militarism that would soon come to dominate Germany.
As a Zionist and the most famous embodiment of what the Nazis called "Jewish physics," Einstein was a marked man once Hitler came to power. In early 1933 Einstein left Germany, took up temporary residence in Belgium, and formally renounced German citizenship: "I will only stay in a country in which political freedom, tolerance and equality of all citizens are stated in the law," he stated. "These conditions are nowadays not fulfilled in Germany."