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World Travel diaries reveal Einstein's racism

00:31  14 june  2018
00:31  14 june  2018 Source:   bbc.com

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Newly published private travel diaries have revealed Albert Einstein ' s racist and xenophobic views. Einstein would later in life advocate for civil rights in the US, calling racism "a disease of white people".

'Industrious, filthy, obtuse people': Albert Einstein ' s travel diaries reveal the scientist's shocking racism and xenophobia as they are published for the first time in English. Theoretical physicist went on five-and-a-half month voyage Middle and Far East.

Albert Einstein on a ship with his wife Elsa, 1921: Einstein went on the trip with his wife Elsa © Getty Images Einstein went on the trip with his wife Elsa Newly published private travel diaries have revealed Albert Einstein's racist and xenophobic views.

Written between October 1922 to March 1923, the diaries track his experiences in the Far East and Middle East.

In them, he makes sweeping and negative generalisations, for example calling the Chinese "industrious, filthy, obtuse people".

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This is the first time the diaries have been published as a standalone volume in English.

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Princeton University recently published a translated version of Albert Einstein ' s personal diaries , which reveal some Titled The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein , the diaries were penned between October 1922 and March 1923, and features some passages that greatly contrast his idea that racism was a

The publication of Albert Einstein ’ s private diaries detailing his tour of Asia in the 1920s reveals the theoretical physicist and humanitarian icon’ s racist attitudes to the people he met on his travels , particularly the Chinese.

Published by Princeton University Press, The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: The Far East, Palestine, and Spain, 1922-1923 was edited by Ze'ev Rosenkranz, assistant director of the California Institute of Technology's Einstein Papers Project.

Einstein travelled from Spain to the Middle East and via Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon, on to China and Japan.

The physicist describes arriving in Port Said in Egypt and facing "Levantines of every shade... as if spewed from hell" who come aboard their ship to sell their goods.

He also describes his time in Colombo in Ceylon, writing of the people: "They live in great filth and considerable stench down on the ground, do little, and need little."

But the famous physicist reserves his most cutting comments for the Chinese.

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Albert Einstein ’ s racist attitudes towards Chinese people have been revealed following the publication of travel diaries he kept during a visit to Asia The Nobel Prize-winning physicist famously described racism as a “disease of white people” during a speech at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University in 1946.

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According to a piece in the Guardian about the diaries, he describes Chinese children as "spiritless and obtuse", and calls it "a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races".

In other entries he calls the Chinese "a peculiar herd-like nation," and "more like automatons than people", before claiming there is "little difference" between Chinese men and women, and questioning how the men are "incapable of defending themselves" from female "fatal attraction".

Albert Einstein writing on a blackboard: Albert Einstein wrote the travel diaries on a trip to the Far East in the 1920s © AFP/Getty Albert Einstein wrote the travel diaries on a trip to the Far East in the 1920s

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Noted for both his scientific brilliance and his humanitarianism, Albert Einstein emigrated to the US in 1933 after the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party.

The Jewish scientist described racism as "a disease of white people" in a 1946 speech at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania - the first university in the US to award degrees to black people.

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