It’s August 1922, and Albert Einstein is writing a letter to his younger sister, Maja. With anti-semitism on the rise in Germany, the scientist has fled his home in Berlin. And, spelling out his fears for the future of his nation, he comes up with a grim prediction that will play out with startling accuracy over the following years.
The future genius scientist was born on March 14, 1879, in Ulm – a city in what was then known as the German Empire. When he was still a baby, his parents, Hermann and Pauline, moved 100 miles east to Munich. And there, Hermann and his brother founded a company specializing in electrical engineering.
In terms of their beliefs, although Hermann and Pauline were both Ashkenazi Jews, they did not practice their religion. And so at the age of five, Einstein began attending a Catholic school. Three years later, he then moved to Munich’s Luitpold Gymnasium, where it became clear that he had a talent for physics and math.