Quick Clicks: Vignettes from the Jewish News Archives, April 2, 2015

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djn-1979-03-09-0-001Who is the most influential Jew in history? That is, of course, a most debatable question. This month marks 136 years since the birth of one person who is a candidate for the title; especially since his work affects all of us on the planet today: Albert Einstein.

Einstein was born March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany. Although one of the greatest minds in the history of the world, along with such scientists as Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo, his early career was unremarkable. Nevertheless, he soon established his general theory of relativity in 1905 — E=MC2 — which is one of the most significant, if not the most important, law of the science of physics ever developed. He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.

Einstein immigrated to the United States in 1933 for political reasons as Adolf Hitler and the Nazis established control over Germany. He became a U.S. citizen and remained in America until he died at age 76 in 1955. Einstein was working on a speech to commemorate the seventh anniversary of Israel as he suffered a fatal illness. His name is mentioned in hundreds of issues of the Detroit Jewish News.

By Mike Smith, Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist

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