Three thousand five hundred persons attended the Einstein Jubilee Celebration held Tuesday evening at the Metropolitan Opera House, arranged under the auspices of the Einstein Jubilee Committee in conjunction with the Jewish National Fund and the Zionist Organization of America. In the great hall decorated with American and Zionist flags, the audience, Jews and non-Jews, listened to the expressions of tribute and homage by Jews and non-Jews to the great scientist, Albert Einstein.
Sponsored by a nation-wide representative committee, the celebration on the occasion of Albert Einstein’s fiftieth anniversary was intended to stimulate interest in the work of the Jewish National Fund in Palestine, the Zionist land purchasing agency. Although Prof. Einstein had declined every invitation and very request for permission to hold celebrations in his honor when his birthday was observed a month ago in Berlin, he gave his permission to the Jewish National Fund because of his eagerness to help at tract the interest of American Jews in the Palestine work.
Einstein’s unparalleled contribution to science, the character of the man, and his devotion to the Palestine movement were the keynotes of the address delivered. An ambassador of goodwill spanning the universe, was the term applied to the scientist by Count F. W. von Prittwitz, German Ambassador to the United States, who represented Einstein’s native country at the celebration.
Secretary of the Interior, Ray Lyman Wilbur, former president of Leland Stanford University, who represented President Hoover, called Einstein a pioneer “who goes alone,” comparable in this respect to Charles A. Lindbergh. The deliverer of the Jewish mind and a symbol of the Jewish mind’s potentialities when freed from oppression, was the Rev. John Haynes Holmes’ description of the great Jewish scientist.