Weird History #2: Albert Einstein

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Weird History #2: Albert Einstein

Baker Tuthill, Reporter

Albert Einstein is one of the most famous scientists out there. His ideas and actions had a huge consequence on science and the world. But behind every famous person, there are always less heard of facts. I am happy to present to you: The Weird History of Albert Einstein

  • Albert Einstein was a pacifist.

Remember this: it’s important for later.

  • Einstein was offered the second Presidency of Israel.

Einstein was Jewish, but he did not live in Israel, and was not a citizen. He declined, saying, “I am deeply moved by the offer from our State of Israel, and at once saddened and ashamed that I cannot accept it. All my life I have dealt with objective matters, hence I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people and to exercise official functions”. Basically, that means he had no experience as a leader. He wasn’t about to lead a country.

  • Einstein was a member of the NAACP in America.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was an organization in America that aimed to help stop racism. Einstein thought that black American’s struggle for equal rights and treatment was akin to the Jews struggle in Europe. He called racism a “disease.”

  • Einstein informed President Roosevelt about a potential Nazi nuke and told him to develop his own.

Even though Einstein was a pacifist, during World War ll he told President Roosevelt to start development on the Atomic Bomb. Why would he do this? Einstein knew that the German’s had some Atomic power. However, he didn’t know how far along they could have gotten with a bomb. Einstein thought about what might happen if an Atomic Bomb ended up in the hands of the Nazis: and saw a future where none could stand against the Nazi regime. He saw a future where Germany utilized the Ballistic Missiles they already had to turn relatively harmless missile strikes on Britain into catastrophes with hundreds of thousands of deaths. Nazi’s using radiation that could make entire countries unlivable. He knew the Nazis would not hold back. Einstein had to put his trust in America. The alternative was literally the end of the world.

 

Hopefully, you walk away from this article with new knowledge about Einstein’s life. At the very least, I hope you were interested, and I encourage you to spend time digging for weird facts and interesting information.