Einstein's travel diaries reveal physicist's racism

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Albert Einstein writing on a blackboard

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Albert Einstein wrote the travel diaries on a trip to the Far East in the 1920s

Newly published private travel diaries have revealed Albert Einstein’s racist and xenophobic views.

Written between October 1922 to March 1923, the diaries track his experiences in the Far East and Middle East.

In them, he makes sweeping and negative generalisations, for example calling the Chinese “industrious, filthy, obtuse people”.

Einstein would later in life advocate for civil rights in the US, calling racism “a disease of white people”.

This is the first time the diaries have…



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