Albert Einstein Inscribed Photograph, 10" x 12", showing the physicist handsomely dressed in his early forties, shortly afte...
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Einstein's visit was the result of his acceptance of an invitation to accompany Chaim Weizmann, the president of the World Zionist Organization, on a fundraising tour of the eastern United States. Weizmann used the popular Einstein to draw crowds and increase donations, which would be used to help Jews settle Palestine. It was only after the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany following World War I that the physicist embraced his Jewish legacy and identity, thereby adopting Zionism. One of his key interests in the movement was the proposed Jewish university to be located in Jerusalem, which is certainly what he refers to in this inscription (Hebrew University opened in 1925). In early May 1921, Einstein and Weizmann visited Princeton University (which Einstein liked) and Harvard University (which he didn't). At Princeton, Einstein lectured for a week, but during his two-day visit to Harvard, he spent most of his time with Weizmann attending Zionist dinners and rallies. The photo could have been inscribed during those two days and given to an unnamed supporter. Another, and more attractive, possibility is that the photo was inscribed and given to Weizmann, who was also an advocate for the university and later served with Einstein on the university's first Board of Governors. The photo has minor soiling on verso. Fine condition.
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