Einstein`s visa papers turn up 80 years later
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Last Updated: Monday, May 09, 2011, 22:30
London: Albert Einstein's immigration papers have turned up 80 years after he dramatically fled to Britain from Nazi Germany, a media report said.

UK border chiefs at Heathrow airport were left stunned by the discovery of the landing card which marks the legendary German-born scientist's arrival at Dover in Britain on May 26, 1933, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

Einstein was Jewish and escaped to England with a bounty on his head as an enemy of Adolf Hitler's regime. According to the smudged document, the "Father of Modern Physics" arrived at Dover from Ostende in Belgium.

He describes his occupation as a professor and being of Swiss nationality. On the reverse, he states to immigration officers he is bound for Oxford.

And now the major historical find will go on display later this month in Liverpool's Merseyside Maritime Museum after it was snapped up by curators.

Assistant curator Lucy Gardner said: "We didn't know this landing card ever existed until we visited UK Border Agency officers at Heathrow. We were keen on acquiring any documents relating to immigration but were stunned to find paperwork relating to such a prominent figure as Einstein.

"What's remarkable is that the landing card bears his signature, has his profession as 'professor' and lists his nationality at Swiss. This shows how Einstein had renounced his German citizenship only weeks earlier in angry reaction to Nazi policies."

The Nobel Prize winner held the esteemed position of professor at the Prussian Academy of Science in Berlin from 1914. But when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933 Jewish people were persecuted. Einstein was kept under armed protection while in England in 1933, but eventually settled in America.


First Published: Monday, May 09, 2011, 22:30

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