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Hebrew University Adds New Manuscripts to Einstein Archive

Hebrew University Adds New Manuscripts to Einstein Archive

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 08:38 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Hebrew University says it has obtained a "magnificent" collection of Albert Einstein's manuscripts, including a personal letter in which he expressed shame for not knowing the Hebrew language.

The university announced the acquisition on Wednesday ahead of the physicist's 140th birthday, following a donation by the Crown-Goodman Foundation. The Chicago-based foundation purchased the 110-page collection from a private collector in North Carolina for an undisclosed sum.

Among the documents are Einstein's correspondences with lifelong friend Michele Besso. In one letter, Einstein praises Besso, a Christian of Jewish descent, for learning Hebrew. Einstein wrote that he "must feel ashamed" for not speaking Hebrew, "but I prefer to feel ashamed than to learn it."

Einstein left most of his collection to the university after his death in 1955.

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Israel's Hebrew University says it has obtained a "magnificent" collection of Albert Einstein's manuscripts, including a personal letter in which he expressed shame for not knowing the Hebrew language.The university announced the acquisition on Wednesday ahead of the...
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