Einstein Recovers Judaism and Discovers Politics

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Before 1919 Einstein’s political and social interests lay fallow, their moral roots unarticulated. This talk argues that it was his search for Jewish identity as a forty-year old in the years after World War I, as well as his growing commitment to Zionism, that laid the foundation for his active political engagement. We will examine the trajectory of Einstein’s ambiguous relationship with Judaism and Jewish settlement in Palestine from 1919 until the founding of the state of Israel in 1948. Einstein’s views over this 30-year period will be set in the context of the tragic interweaving of Hitler’s absolute rule in Germany and the destruction of European Jews. Einstein, Robert Schulmann, Zionism, politics, history, biography, Judaism, Jewish, Germany