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Postwar Fallout

From: The Einstein File


This chapter explores Einstein’s reaction to– as well as broader conversations during the period surrounding– the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and developments in nuclear weapon technology. It then explores the post-war African American lynchings, movements against this rise in racist violence, and Einstein’s thoughts on racial issues in America and activism. The chapter also discusses FBI surveillance of Einstein and his activities during this period and Cold War history/context. Other topics include Zionism and Einstein’s ideas on Israel as well as his socialist/leftist beliefs and activism.



Fred Jerome

Fred Jerome is a veteran journalist and science writer. His work has appeared in publications, including Newsweek and The New York Times. He taught journalism at Columbia Journalism School, NYU and other universities. Jerome is also author of Einstein on Israel and Zionism and co-author of Einstein on Race and Racism.