The First Of Hitler 's Anti Semitic Laws Essay

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In 1933, the first of Hitler 's anti-semitic laws were passed. These discriminatory laws stripped all "non-Aryans" of their teaching posts. With the laws came hatred towards the Jewish people as a whole, including members of the scientific community. When it became difficult to continue their research, or even live safely, many scientists chose to flee to institutions of higher learning in either the United States or Great Britain. Albert Einstein and Hungarian born Leo Szilard were two such scientists. Because of their exodus from Germany, Einstein and Szilard were able to safely reunite during the war and write the letter that would alert President Franklin Roosevelt to the threat of Germany creating an atomic bomb, which lead to the creation of the Manhattan Project.

As the Nazis rose in power, so did the disdain towards anything Jewish, including scientific research. Even Einstein 's work was targeted. His Theory of Relativity was deemed "Jewish world-buff" and all studies done that included his data were dismissed as "Jewish physics." After a magazine was published with Einstein 's face on the cover and "Not Yet Hanged" as the caption, it became obvious that his life was in danger. (Kuka, M. n.d.) "Anti-semitism is here and the political reaction is violent, ("Scientific Exodus" n.d., para 2)" said Einstein in a letter. Einstein left Germany with his wife in December of 1932, never to return to his home country. He said to his wife, "Turn around, you will never see it…

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