Einstein was asked to be President of Israel – and declined

Posted on July 26, 2007 • By Miriam Schwab
Category: Tidbits 4 Comments

Did you know that Albert Einstein was asked to be Israel’s second president after the country’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, died?

Albert Einstein with wife and Zionist leadersEinstein declined the offer, saying: “I am deeply moved by the offer from our State of Israel, and at once saddened and ashamed that I cannot accept it.” (Princeton Online 1995)

Einstein felt a special affinity to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and bequeathed literary rights to his writings to The Hebrew University, where many of his original documents are held in the Albert Einstein Archives (Albert Einstein Archives 2007).

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