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October 11th, 2011
07:26 AM ET

Einstein letter on Nazi persecution of Jews for sale

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - A letter from Albert Einstein warning of the persecution of Jews in Germany on the eve of World War II is up for auction in California, with the sale ending Tuesday evening Pacific time.

The physicist writes of the importance of "rescuing our persecuted fellow-Jews from their calamitous peril and leading them toward a better future" in the June 10, 1939 letter.

Einstein praises New York businessman Hyman Zinn for his "splendid work" on behalf of refugees.

"We have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity and our knowledge that the cause for which we are suffering is a momentous and sacred cause," Einstein writes to Zinn, of the Manhattan Button Company.

The typewritten letter, hand-signed "A. Einstein," was written just under three months before the outbreak of World War II, when the persecution of Jews was already well underway.

Auctioneer Nate Sanders said he expects the letter to go for $5,000 to $7,000.

It "contains powerful content showing that Einstein was devoted to the Jewish people," Sanders said in a statement.

Bidding stood at just over $3,000 for the letter with 12 hours left in the auction.

It closes at 5 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday.

The lot also includes the envelope the letter was sent in.

An estimated six million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis and their allies in the Holocaust.

Einstein was born in Germany but renounced his citizenship in 1933, when Adolf Hitler became leader of Germany, and moved to the United States.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Germany • Holocaust • Judaism

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Genocide in 1939? Only 49 years after the Wounded Knee Massacre many Americans had already forgot about the vast sustained genocide of the North American Indians. From a population of 12 million living in what is now the United States, only 250,000 survived in 1939.

    We need to remember Hitler and the Holocaust, but we also need to keep up our vigilance. Case in point, Zanzibar, Cambodia, Rwanda, East Timor, Afghanistan, Tibet, Brazil, Somalia and Darfur; all place where genocide has and is taking place today.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:48 am |
    • AGuest9

      It all started with Washington, after his experiences during Braddock's March. See Sullivan's March. Genocide was the purpose.

      October 12, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • ron

      I AGREE – and sadly in most of those places u listed where genocide is TRYING to accomplish its nasty deed – its mostly genocide against the CHRISTIAN minorities by the muslim majorities – not against the jewish minority – although where there is bigoted thinking and persecution in muslim majority countries against the christian minority it is usually the same case with the jewish minority – and now we can add Egypt to the list – its starting there with the Copts and they have no Jewish embassy anymore – what amazes me is how most of the world doesnt see it in its black and white issue – its become genocide of a religious minority across the world – and its only going to get worse – i think if it all gets out of hand then we will have a WW III – and it likely will come from religious intolerance and bring into the world another type of "HITLER" – and we will go through the same thing again – except this time to rid us of a religious hitler and facist "doctrine" of intolerance – if it all gets out of hand it will be the only way the intolerant will accept others and be "tolerant" – i guess its true – freedom is NOT free...

      October 13, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  2. GianCarlo

    Wow, you can tell all the haters are conservative Republicans. Their Idea of America is an all white people America.

    They can't stand that a Black American was elected President of the United States. I fell sorry for this country, that when I travel abroad I don't tell them I am from America. I feel disgusted to be called and American.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:44 am |
    • lovelldj

      Please keep traveling abroad. Feel free to buy a one-way ticket.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • ron

      i agree with the other reply here – get a one way ticket and while ur at it go somewhere where they will TOLERATE your christian religion or even JEWISH religion – and just murder you for being a westerner – canadian american austrailian watever! oh wait! they will murder u for being either one! a western christian OR JEW thats white black or brown OR just a white black or brown westerner in general –

      If youre so ashamed please DO hitch a ride to someplace thats better – i'm sure there are about a MILLION people in repressive human rights violating countries – jews, christians, or even muslims – that would gladly take your place here in the west and be PROUD to do it!!

      October 13, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • ron

      and BTW – i am one of those republicans u are talking about!! I consider myself somewhat conservative and generally in line with alot of republican views – and alot of democratic ones too – I think I am TYPICAL of the YOUNGER GENERATION that is SICK OF MUD SLINGING from BOTH PARTIES and i VOTE INDEPENDANT – I VOTE THE CANDIDATE NOT THE PARTY – and i AM WHITE and I am INSULTED by YOUR RACIST COMMENT on wanting an "all white" country!! – I voted for obama and although i dont think he's doing a great job – i think he's doing the BEST he can – and i give that guy HUGE CREDIT!! it was on HIS WATCH and HIS OKAY that the BALL BUSTER SEALS GOT THAT GOAT FACED GOAT BEARDED DOG BIN LADEN!!! As far as THIS WHITE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN IS CONCERNED – OUR BLACK PRESIDENT ROCKS!!!!!!!! LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM HE'S OUR PRESIDENT and by just being THAT - I RESPECT HIM AND WILL DEFEND HIM ! and be PROUD TO CALL MYSELF AN AMERICAN WHILE DOING IT!!!!! so shud'dup ur BACKWARDS RACIST COMMENTS about "white" conservative republicans – YOURE SCREWED UP IN THE HEAD and RACIST URSELF to even THINK such STUPIDITY!! AND WITH UR BACKWARDS THINKING – YOU CERTAINLY DON'T SPEAK FOR THIS CONSERVATIVE WHITE ASSED REPUBLICAN!!

      October 13, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Jonny

      Ron – you make great points, though you lose a lot of your audience with the reliance on capitalization. You're at a 10; I'm gonna need you turned down to about 6-7. That said, thank you for speaking up and out.

      Oh, and ... we're ALL white-assed (unless we're lucky enough to tan our hides 365/year)!

      October 13, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  3. Bribarian

    The eternal victim doesn't want to let go of their holocaust religion

    October 12, 2011 at 3:23 am |
    • History Buff

      The article was about an Albert Einstein letter; it would be just as valuable if it contained his thoughts on other physicist's work on quantum physics, or his view on nuclear weapons, etc. It's doubtful you would understand these subjects either.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:46 am |
    • Jonny

      The eternal antisemite and overall hater doesn't want to let go of their ignorance.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  4. zoundsman

    Sometimes, I feel ashamed I lived on the planet earth with so much hatred, killing ...so on.
    Everyone is insane.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • Sheesh

      Yes, these "ugly bags of mostly water" - disgusting!

      October 12, 2011 at 2:33 am |
  5. Amom

    I wonder what Einstein would have to say about the anti semetic hatred that the Occupy Wall Street crowd is spewing? And how CNN has attempted to legitimize the movement.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:14 am |
    • tallulah13

      What "anti-semetic hatred" is that? Please give evidence when making accusations that are off-topic.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:16 am |
    • Amom

      @Tallulah You have not heard the rants against Jew bankers? Also, it is not "off topic" when we see history beginning to repeat itself.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • Sheesh

      "...how CNN has attempted to legitimize the movement"

      A week ago people were complaining that CNN wasn't covering the Occupy deal enough and that they were intentionally ignoring it !? Some people...

      October 12, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • tallulah13

      I've heard rants against corrupt banking insti-tutions. You are the only one I've heard use the word Jew. Perhaps this is simply your problem. Again, please give proof of your allegations, otherwise, I will simply believe that you are trying to make trouble where there isn't any.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:39 am |
    • Cambob

      If an evil man also happens to be of the Jewish faith, he is still an evil man. This applies to all faiths and philosphies. A person who abuses thier children then goes to church is still a child abuser. The examples are endless, but the point, hopefully, has been made.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • Drake in Vancouver

      Amon is trying to generate animosity against the Occupy Wall St. movement by associating them with antisemitism.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:30 am |
  6. Nathaniel Wenger

    We cannot allow the leader of a country to cover up genocide going on.

    Civilocity is the one and only solution to make sure the leader of a country cannot cover up genocide going on. Civilocity is a form of government where the people watch the ruler entirely amongst their reign. Every single other way they fought genocide doesn’t work, including charity and the International Criminal Court, because genocide is still going on today. If you want to call genocide democide go ahead, it still resulted in over a million lives in the 20th century alone. Every other way to make sure the leader of a country is not covering up genocide going on doesn’t work and is wrong. Killing is wrong. Preaching peace is wrong. Civilocity is better than peace it works.

    I give you civilocity and would love a public conversation with holocaust survivors on the topic of civilocity while that generation is still here. I want to ask a holocaust survivor how they could have kept civilocity quiet for over four years if the holocaust was as bad as they say it was. How to make sure the holocaust doesn't happen ever again might be right under your nose.

    Funny little mustache hitler had.

    October 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  7. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Hitler wasn't the one pulling the trigger. It was his people pulling the trigger. Ever stop to think about that? Everyone blames Hitler, but they never think to blame the men with their fingers on the triggers. Have any of you ever considered getting your GED?

    October 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Not the real deal. Just my little stalker. Hi, honey. How you doing?

      October 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • *frank*

      Indeed, and I would hazard a guess the vast majority of them were Christians, which sorta obliterates the "argument" people always throw out about Hitler (and Stalin, for that matter).

      October 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • *frank*

      Stalkers? Wha? Ah, the old name theft routine?

      October 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yes. Someone stole my name and it's really beginning to irritate me. You have no idea.

      October 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • *frank*

      They will burn in cyber-hell for their interweb sin.

      October 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, it's fine. I've narrowed it down to a select few. Most likely that little fella herbie the burbler.

      October 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'm just going to go to bed. This has really gotten on my nerves. It is posting under my name everywhere.

      October 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  8. *frank*

    Little-known fact–Hitler had only one testicle and for some reason had an idee fixe that a Jew had stolen it.
    The Holocaust–and indeed, the entire tragic disaster of WWII–were all caused by Hitler's maniacal quest to find his missing left ball.

    October 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • captain america

      As much as one is opposed to hitler, the medical fact remains ,he was relatively normal for a man in his fifties.Medical records of hitlers doctors show no such defect.

      October 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      im pretty sure hitler got rejected from art school

      if theyd just let him in

      then the whole mess could have been adverted

      October 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  9. martinipaul

    einstein. Please ignore the immoral man behind the public curtain of GENIUS.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  10. Scarlett

    Humanity is moving out of tribal thinking into global thinking.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Except for the thinking part, which you should probably stop trying to do.

      October 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  11. Cythara

    The Jews were persecuted because, Communism, of which over half the membership was Jewish (53% of Bolshevik Party), was actively trying to subvert and conquer Europe in the 1920s and 30s. Germany had experienced TWO such attempts. Think if Moslems in this country tried to do that and how Americans would react. Heck, you guys can't stand them even when they haven't tried to destroy this country. Nor will I mention, beyond stating it is a fact, that Jews are, once again, attempting to subvert a country – the United States. This time, controlling the media, they propagandize Americans into an hypnotic sleep.

    The body of Einstein's letter isn't shown here. I don't know what the top part shows. But it is another FACT that the Nazis and the Jewish Agency in Palestine were deeply engaged in a project called, in Hebrew, 'the Ha Avara' or Agricultural Transfer Act. This act was widely known in the 30s and triumphed by both Jews and Germans as a great thing. Nazi Germany assisted in emigrating over 65,000 mostly young German Jews to Kibbutzes in Palestine. They were first trained for this in Jewish camps in Germany. Nazi Germany was the first foreign country in which the future Israeli flag first officially flew. About 40 Million dollars was also transferred from Germany to the Jewish Agency by this act. The Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir once said, "If it weren't for the Ha'Avara Israel couldn't have been formed'.

    I mention all this because I am sure Germany sent more volunteer Jewish emigrants to Palestine than Einstein and the American Jews he wrote to ever got into the United States. Nothing is ever as it seems on the surface with anything connected with Judaism.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Creep Spotting

      Ooooh! There's one right now!

      October 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • President C.

      On the surface, you seem intelligent. You make complete sentences, you have good grammar. But read a little closer and it quickly becomes obvious that you are out of your mind.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Michael E

      You should probably check the tinfoil wrapped around your head. The alien transmissions are getting through.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:46 am |
  12. Amused

    Some people have speculated that the REAL reason Hitler hated the jews so much was due to a nasty case of syphillis that he suffered with most of his adult life. He was convinced that he caught it from a jewish woman. He did seem to hate jews more vehemently when he got older while his symptoms became more acute and his mental ability seemed to progressively deteriorate. It would help explain to his bizzare obsession with the extreme persecution of jews in such a cruel and massive way.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Cythara

      You read too much Jewish propaganda. Your mind has turned to pudding.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Mycology

      uh oh, you read HIS "jewish propaganda" , now it is YOUR mind that has turned to pudding.

      some things never change, I guess

      October 12, 2011 at 5:03 am |
  13. DamianKnight

    I personally believe that Hitler's persecution of the Jews was one of convenience. Any dictator knows that one of the things you must do, in order to obtain power, is to turn the people's attention to a scapegoat. And let's see, an insolar group of people who have a different belief structure. Sounds like a perfect group to use and blame them for all of Germany's woes (especially after the defeat in World War I). And then claim you have the ability to fix the problem!

    So, turn in these people who are "creating the problems for Germany" and help your country! Then the government takes them away and you never see them again, but hey, your "benign" government is doing the right thing by getting rid of the wrong people. Have this said by a charismatic leader, then take the opportunity to insolate your country, burn some books so no one has a chance to hear anything other than your dogma, and wham. You have the people's support.

    October 11, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  14. johnathan

    Hitler, according to his personal secretary's account during the Nuremberg trial, was part Jew, from his Grandma side.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • hippypoet

      What point are you making?

      October 11, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • J.W

      If he was Jewish at all I am sure that it was just by heritage. I do not believe that Hitler was religious at all. He may have used religion to stir up support, but I do not think he practiced any religion.

      October 11, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Cythara

      Hitler was raised as a devout Catholic. He sang in the Boy's choir in his youth and wrote of how impressed he was by Catholic ritual in his youth. He ceased being religious as an adult, but understood the need of people for religious pageantry and the sense of security symbolism brings into most people's lives. He shows this understanding in how much attention he paid to pageantry in Nazi festivals and calendar events, along with attention to detail in uniforms, medals, etc.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  15. Sinbad

    Hitler did a lot more than murder 6 million Jews, he also murdered Gypsies Jehovah Witness Catholic Poles and 13 million Russians, he also killed people who were mentally ill retarded and gays. In all about 20 million people, he was one of histories nastiest animals. Hitler wasn't just anti Jew he hated just about everybody although the media only ever seems to cover the murder of the Jews, the other poor souls don't seem to count.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • nothinyahu

      "some countries use the Holocaust as an "excuse to pay ransom... to Zionists." Ahmadinejad is not too far off,,,, we do use the holocaust card to get American Tax Payers money all the time. It's Shameful

      October 11, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      the gypsies had it coming

      havent you read stephen kings book

      thinner

      im telling you

      gypsies are evil

      October 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • MashaSobaka

      Trust me, Sinbad, it's not just a problem with the media. Even in the world of legitimate academic scholarship, trying to get people to recognize the other 14 million victims of the Holocaust is not easy. Im working on it, but it's incredibly frustrating. I'm glad that you, at least, have the guts to recognize that it's a problem. It makes it feel a little less lonely.

      October 12, 2011 at 3:30 am |
  16. Colin

    Einstein was one of the great atheists of the 20th Century. He is a towering rebuff to the ridiculous notion often thrown out by theists that one cannot be moral if one is an atheist.

    October 11, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • Anglican

      We are all in the same family. Peace.

      October 11, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • hippypoet

      i don't think hitler was killing jews because they were worshipping god, i don't think it was religious at all, i think it was a cutlural divide. Hitler was born with little money, and the majority of jewish families that lived near and around germany HAD been wealthy, and so one could argue that Hitler was just looking for funding and a back reason to make his sheep like followers do his deeds so he played on his peoples misunderstandings and cultural separations. these are just my thoughts however, and so may be VERY wrong. But i think they sound pretty good.

      October 11, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • DamianKnight

      ...except he wasn't an athiest.

      From an interview with George Sylvester Viereck, "I'm not an atheist. I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds...."

      Einstein was a Deist. Certainly not a Christian or Jewish (except by heritage), but he, himself, states he is not an athiest.

      Source: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1607298,00.html#ixzz1aU9iV3ME

      October 11, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • tallulah13

      Actually, Einstein was very contradictory about his statements on his personal religion. If you take all his comments as a whole, it would seem he was an agnostic. However, judaism is as much a culture as it is a faith, so it is not at all surprising to see his loyalty to jews.

      October 11, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • DamianKnight

      @Tallulah,

      I can see your point. Based on this Time magazine article I saw, he didn't give a clear answer (like you said.) He seemed pretty steadfast that he was not an athiest though. Another quote from the article:

      "But throughout his life, Einstein was consistent in rejecting the charge that he was an atheist. "There are people who say there is no God," he told a friend. "But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views." And unlike Sigmund Freud or Bertrand Russell or George Bernard Shaw, Einstein never felt the urge to denigrate those who believed in God; instead, he tended to denigrate atheists. "What separates me from most so-called atheists is a feeling of utter humility toward the unattainable secrets of the harmony of the cosmos," he explained

      October 11, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Colin

      I agree he seemed to be inconsistent, but, in terms of a god that cares about human beings, or people surviving their own deaths he was pretty clear.

      Here are some Einstein quotes on religion and these ideas. I know he admired Spinoza and brandied the word “god” around as a metaphor for the numinous, but he certainly did not believe in the notions of life after death or a god that in any way worried itself with human beings. Indeed, he referred to this as “the god of the naïve man.” For example, in his 1954 letter to the Physicist Eric Gutkind, Einstein wrote,

      "The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this."

      Here are some more quotes.

      "It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."

      "I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the kind that we experience in ourselves. Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death; let feeble souls, from fear or absurd egoism, cherish such thoughts. I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifests itself in nature."

      "It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere.... Science has been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."

      "I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own – a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body

      October 11, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • DamianKnight

      @Colin,

      All of that seems pretty consistent with what I've read (although I've never seen those quotes, so thanks for sharing!). But since an atheist is one who believes that there is no deity, it is clear that claiming him to be an atheist is incorrect. But I would certainly also refute anyone who called him "Christian" or "Jewish" (the faith, not the culture). Both his parents were of Jewish descent, but by all accounts, were not orthodox (i.e. didn't keep kosher, etc) and I think this partially framed his thought processes.

      October 11, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • hippypoet

      Look folks, most intelligent people have a problem with thoughts, they never stop coming, and so one can deduce that any intelligent being may go from one thought to the next and while focused on the latter answer a question in turn. But then the thoughts change and so the answer. But thats coming from experience having thoughts, many of you may find that your stuck in your ways and so your thoughts don't really change.

      An old proverb – may your thoughts be as the wind.

      October 11, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Cythara

      Einsten was not an atheist, he just wasn't religious. He was probably something along the line of a Deist, like Thomas Jefferson.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • martinipaul

      Who said einstein was moral? Publicly, yes. Privately, gee, what happened to that first child of his?

      October 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Feynman

      From his own mouth:

      "It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it." – Einstein

      QED.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Einstein was consistent in his rejection of a personal god involved in human affairs who judged individual humans. He also seemed to think atheism, which at the time was most consp-icously represented by Marxists and other far leftists, was dead to a proper sense of awe and wonder. He claimed to believe in Spinoza's god but then disavowed the label pantheist, quite possibly because he may simply not have known what it meant (it means nature, ie "all", AS god, and is not a form of polytheism, despite its similarity to the term "pantheon", which is the "stable" of gods within a single polytheistic system). But he may have believed in something more like the Deists' impersonal god as the "uncaused cause" of the universe.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • martinipaul

      einstein didn't know what pantheism was????

      October 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @martinipaul Well, when someone says straight up that they believe in Spinoza's god and then also say "I don't think I'm a pantheist" (not quote the direct quote, but close), SOMETHING is amiss, no? Anyway, properly taxonomizing the different forms of theism isn't exactly a major component of what it takes to be a theoretical physicist. So I don't find it hard at all to believe that Einstein wasn't particularly well versed in this stuff and also suspect that his frequent invocations of god was just a lazy linguistic habit that he should have dropped. To state a disbelief in true randomness in nature by saying "God deosn't play dice" is just a metaphor and one that caused a whole lot more trouble than it was ever worth.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • martinipaul

      einstein was a savant. Outside of science, he generally spoke like he was running for Miss America.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • martinipaul

      JR: How's the weather in NYC and how did your phil class go today? I agree. But why then should I take what einstein says about anything other than science seriously? I would rather listen to your philosophical 'treatise' on morality than e's.
      That way I would actually learn something. But what a killer commute!!!!!

      October 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @martinipaul I think you actually have a point about Einstein being a bit of a savant. He famously couldn't remember where he lived in Princeton. And for that reason, one is indeed on trembling ground when one tries to make him some sort of prophet, whether it be for disbelief in a personal god, belief in some sort of non-personal god or in favor of socialism, which he supported but may not have understood any better than he did the street grid in Princeton.

      Oh, I live not terribly far from NYC, but not in NYC, I'm closer to Philly in South Jersey. And I neither teach nor take philosophy courses anywhere.

      October 12, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  17. gliese42

    I would advise Jews worldwide black or white to be an American citizen and show the world that they are Einstein too

    October 11, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  18. hippypoet

    @Fonseka.. i hope you die in the worst way! that is very unhippy of me to say, but you have it coming.. go and die alone as you have lived. just another sad little creature without enough brain cells. i will feel sry for you after you are dead, at this point i feel only hatred towards you and your kind!

    October 11, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • gliese42

      Ignore Fonseka,,,,He must be having a bad toothache

      October 11, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • RS

      You're worse than him for saying that, just so you know. Hypocrite.

      October 11, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • hippypoet

      @ RS
      ight... sure i am! Hilter was a monster. ANYONE WHO THINKS HE WAS A GOOD PERSON, DOING THE RIGHT THING OR JUST HAD GOOD INTENTIONS ARE FUKED IN THE HEAD. to show this, i would like to have any human who believes that hitler was doing "gods work" to come over and let me give them a acid shower, or just not feed them, or maybe kill all the people they know in front of them and them not feed them. or how about making them build a camber to kill them, thats mullti tasking! anyone who thinks hitler is a good man should and i TRULY BELIEVE THIS, should be put thru ALL the things hitler put HUMANS thru, as a princible to understand there warped beliefs! furthermore any that defend such people should also be put thru such!

      October 11, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Zippy

      hippy, I think you are responding to fosenka's post which is now gone.

      October 11, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • hippypoet

      thank you zippy for pointing that out. and to whom ever hit report abuse, thank you as well. 🙂

      October 11, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  19. Zak

    oh my god, i'm so sick of hearing about the haulocost !!!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • gliese42

      Zak@ stop pretending to be an American. Your grammar error exposed you

      October 11, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • TheHebrewHammer

      Oh my god, Zak, you're, like, oh my god, like, oh my god, like so freakin RETARDED.
      Just log out and go stare at your Britney Spears poster.

      October 11, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • Zippy

      Zak, I bet you are also sick of dictionaries, spelling, syntax, the conjugation of verbs, and (amongst other things) personal hygiene.

      October 11, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • profdot

      I don't think CNN goes as much as 2 days without a story about the Jews, the Holocaust, or Hitler. Just my observation. Fair enough to say you are sick of hearing about it. I"m sure you are not the only one.

      October 11, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • Rags

      It happened. It's real. If you no longer wish to hear about it, just don't open the articles, let alone post your thoughts.

      October 11, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • tallulah13

      What"s a "haulocost?" Is it when the rates for your garbage service go up?

      October 11, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Cythara

      It is no worse than 'hippypoet's'.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  20. Zippy

    Fonseka, try taking your head out of your colon for a moment.

    October 11, 2011 at 9:03 am |
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