Einstein on the Holocaust: He Never Forgot, Never Forgave

March 8, 1948

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Einstein on the Holocaust: He Never Forgot, Never Forgave
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      Between 1939 and 1945 the German government, first methodically and then frantically, gassed, starved, shot, hung and tortured to death anyone born to Jewish parents. Six million Jews – about two-thirds of European Jewry – died in the Holocaust.

      Einstein never forgave the Germans. “After the Germans bestially murdered more than half of my Jewish brethren,” he writes here, “it is impossible for me to participate in any German public endeavor.”


      Typed Letter Signed (“A. Einstein”), in German, 1 page, quarto, on his personal letterhead, 112 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey,  March 8, 1948. To Joe J. Heydecker (1916-1997) in Munich.
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       A. EINSTEIN,
      112, MERCER STREET
      PRINCETON,
      NEW JERSEY, U.S.A.

      8. March 1948

       
      Mr. Joe J. Heydecker
      President Weltstaatliga
      Ganghoferstr. 52
      Munich 12,Bavaria [sic]
      Germany, American.Zone [sic]
       
      Very honored Sir!
       
      I acknowledge receipt of your letter of January 5 and wish your efforts the greatest success.   After the Germans bestially murdered more than half of my Jewish brethren, it is impossible for me to participate in any German public endeavor.  Therefore, I cannot accept your offer to become an honorary member of your league.

      With exceptionally high esteem


      A. EINSTEIN.
       
      Albert Einstein.