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Albert Einstein - "Do Not Participate In Anything You believe To be Evil". (paraphrased - but you get the point).




Albert Einstein - Address For United Jewish Appeal - With Asst. Sec. of State Joseph C. Grew - April 11, 1943 - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -

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Albert Einstein - "Do Not Participate In Anything You believe To be Evil". (paraphrased - but you get the point).




Albert Einstein - Address For United Jewish Appeal - With Asst. Sec. of State Joseph C. Grew - April 11, 1943 - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -

In the current climate of division, insanity and violence, there's always been that quest for what Richard Nixon once referred to as listening to our "better angels" in an effort to inject some reasonable voice, or an attempt to make some sense out of our precarious and sometimes questionable human condition. In 1943, as reports were beginning to filter in of the situation in Germany and the German occupied countries towards Jewish populations, The United Jewish Appeal began an effort to create an awareness of what would later be described to the world as The Holocaust. In 1943 there were rumors and reports from refugees who had managed to escape. America was, for the most part, slow in reacting - and it was efforts of United Jewish Appeal and many other organizations at the time to help bring the situation to light.

On April 11, 1943, United Jewish Appeal organized a fundraiser and a broadcast appeal featuring several noteworthy personalities including this short address by Professor Albert Einstein, himself a Jew and a refugee who had managed to escape Hitler's Germany:
Albert Einstein: Our age is proud of the progress it has made in man's intellectual development. The search and striving for truth and knowledge is one of the highest of man's qualities - though often the pride is most loudly voiced by those who strive the least. And certainly we should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality, It cannot lead, it can only serve; and it is not fastidious in its choice of a leader. This characteristic is reflected in the qualities of its priests , the intellectuals, The intellect has a sharp eye for methods and tools, but is blind to ends and values. So it is no wonder that this fatal blindness is handed on from old to you and today involves a whole generation.

Our Jewish forbears, the prophets and the old Chinese sages understood and proclaimed that the most important facet in giving shape to our human existence is the setting up and establishment of a goal; the goal being a community of free and happy human beings who by constant inward endeavor strive to liberate themselves from the inheritance of anti-social and destructive instincts. in this effort the intellect can be the most powerful aid. The fruits of intellectual effort, together with the striving itself, in cooperation with the creative activity of the artist. lend content and meaning to life.
But today the rude passions of man reign in our world, more unrestrained than ever before. our Jewish people, a small minority everywhere, with no means of defending themselves by force, are exposed to the cruelest suffering, even to complete annihilation, to a far greater degree than any other people in the world. The hatred raging against us is ground in the fact that we have upheld the ideal of harmonious partnership and given it expression in word and deed among the best of our people".
The program begins with an address by Under Secretary of State Joseph C. Grew - here is that address from April 11, 1943
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what are some of the fundamental ideals for which the free world is striving today? Professor Albert Einstein, the world famous scientist will discuss this question in the talk, he is about to deliver from his home in Princeton, New Jersey. Professor Einstein, ladies and gentlemen, our age is proud of the progress. It has made immense intellectual development. The search and striving for truth and knowledge is one of the highest of men's quality. So often. The pride is most loudly voiced by those who strive at least, and certainly we should take care not to make the intellect our gold. It has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality, it cannot lead, it can only sell and it is not fastidious in its choice of a leader. This characteristic is reflected inequalities of its priests. The intellectual the intellect has a sharp eye for methods and tools but is blind to end and values. So it is no wanda that this fatal blindness is handed on from all too young and today involves a whole generation, our jewish forbear, it's a profit and the oil chinese features understood and proclaimed that's the most important factor in giving shape to our human existence is setting up and establishment of a goal. It's a gold being, a community of free and happy man who by constant embark endeavor strive to liberate themselves from the inheritance. Both antisocial and destructive instinct in this effort to intellect can be the most powerful aid the food of intellectual efforts together with the striving itself in cooperation with the creative activity of the artist length, content and meaning to life. But to the sea route, passion of men rain our board more and restraint than ever before. Our jewish people. A small minority everywhere, with no means of defending themselves by force, are exposed to the coolest suffering even to complete annihilation too far greater degree than any other people in the world. They hated raging against us, is grounded in the fact that we have upheld the ideal of harmonious partnership and given it expressing expression in world and beat amongst the best of our people, exposed to a criminal oh toothless persecution. We are in our self aware that we serve mankind to ideas. There can be today, no higher goal for a chew, 10-8 with all his power, all those of his fellow jews whom our aid can reach the most great satisfaction I have with most greatest satisfaction. I have observed that the rescue work supported by the united jewish appeal is excellently organized and most highly important. Plus the salvation of our people, help to save the body that the spirit may continue to be effective for the highest good of mankind. Thank you, Professor Einstein.
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