Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Digitalization of Einstein Papers Underlines his Zionism
It was announced in late March that The Hebrew University in Jerusalem is scanning and posting more than 80,000 documents from the University's Einstein Archives and the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech. This digitalization of Albert Einstein's papers at the website of The Hebrew University reminds us of his support for the creation of Israel---despite the gross misreading of his bi-nationalist, left-wing Zionism as "anti-Zionism" by biographer Fred Jerome. In fact, Einstein's first visit to the United States was also his first public activity as a Zionist: a fundraising tour for The Hebrew University.