Legendary physicist Albert Einstein has chided the US administration for failing to control Adolf Hitler, the despot and Nazi leader. In a letter, which has not been known to the world till now, he warned the lunatic German tyrant was making moves to destroy the world.
He also suggested that for the first part of Second World War the White House was ‘controlled by near fascist financiers’ who sided with the Nazi regime, which was why the US did not enter the war until December 1941, according to a report published by Daily Mail, UK.
The physicist’s opinions have been revealed after the 1942 letter he wrote while at Princeton University emerged at auction for £30,000.
It was sent to the university’s president, Dr Frank Kingdon, who shared Einstein’s concerns.
It was never meant for public eyes as at the time of writing America was giving Einstein shelter from fascist persecution in Nazi Germany.
The scientist thought the government’s inaction had led to the consolidation of fascism in Europe and that American financiers tacitly encouraged the growth of the Far Right.
Einstein, recognized as one of the most important minds in the twentieth century, was angered by America’s relationship with Spanish dictator Francisco Franco after the country’s civil war; the fact it had a diplomat in Vichy France – the French state which collaborated with the Nazis – and its treatment of Soviet Russia.
He wrote: ‘You can imagine how the new crimes committed by the Nazis in France make me suffer, crimes assisted to by the ‘fascist’ Vichy-traitors. I cannot, however, make up my mind to approach Washington on the matter. My reason is a sad one indeed and I wish to explain it to you so that you may understand my negative attitude: Why did Washington help to strangulate Loyalist Spain? ‘Why has it an official representative in fascist France? Why does it not recognize a French Government in Exile? ‘Why does it flirt with Franco-Spain? ‘Why is there no really serious effort to assist Russia in her dire need? ‘Because it is a government controlled to a large degree by financiers the mentality of whom is near to the fascist frame of mind. If Hitler were not a lunatic he could easily have avoided the hostility of the Western powers. That he is a lunatic is the sole advantage in the present sinister picture of the world.’
The letter was sold by Dr Kingdon’s family many years ago to a private dealer and is now being sold by American auctioneers Profiles in History.
Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History, said: ‘These letters provide a unique perspective on Albert Einstein, the greatest mind of the 20th century.