Einstein on Peace
“Einstein was not only the ablest man of science of his generation, he was also a wise man, which is something different. If statesmen had listened to him, the course of human events would have been less disastrous than it has been.”
This verdict, from the Preface by Bertrand Russell, sums up the importance of this first collection of Albert Einstein’s writings on war, peace, and the atom bomb. In this volume, thanks to the Estate of Albert Einstein, the complete story is told of how one of the greatest minds of modern times worked from 1914 until 1955 on the problem of peace. It is a fascinating record of a man’s courage, his sincerity, and his concern for those who survive him.
This book is also a history of the peace movement in modern times. Here are letters to and from some of the most famous men of his generation, including the correspondence between Einstein and Sigmund Freud on aggression and war, and the true story of his famous letter to President Roosevelt reporting the theoretical possibility of nuclear fission. It is the living record of more than forty years of Einstein’s untiring struggle to mobilize forces all over the world for the abolition of war and the creation of a supranational organization to solve conflicts among nations.
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It would do no harm, by the way, if these people here, as a result of being
boycotted abroad, were made to recognize the true situation in which they now
find themselves. This would help to eliminate whatever may still be left of their
Further, there can be no doubt that there exists, here in Germany, considerable
irritation with my pacifist and general political orientation; this irritation is
intensified by Germany's troubled political situation. Given these circumstances,
It is a strange situation. The common man, exposed to events as they happen,
has relatively little trouble adjusting himself to great changes, while the learned
man who has soaked up much knowledge and serves it up to others faces a
Perhaps you are unaware of how bad the situation is in many European
countries. For your information, I am sending you a memorandum on the situation
of oppressed Balkan peoples. I was deeply moved by it. Do you think the
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