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Reader calls for common sense, open minds

On Feb. 27, 1939, six months before the German attack on Poland, the great German physicist Max von Laue secretly wrote to Albert Einstein in the United States that certain German scientists wanted to “cleanse” his relativity theory of its “Jewish taint.”

Adolf Hitler had risen to power, and it was a time of intense anti-Semitism in Germany.

Because Einstein was a Jew, German physicists who supported his views were unable to find employment and German students were unable to come to grips with a theory that had already revolutionized physics and would soon revolutionize warfare.

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