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Professor Einstein Reiterates Pacifist Views in Challenge to Women’s Patriot Corporation

December 5, 1932
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Strong reiteration of his views on pacifism was Prosor Albert Einstein’s answer yesterday to the charges of the Women’s Patriot Corporation that his pacifist aims indicate his Communist alliances, on which ground they seek to have him excluded from admission to the United States.

“I belong to no political party,” Professor Einstein stated. “Publicly I am a scientist, but as a private citizen I claim the right to feel and believe and fight for the interests of culture and of justice.

“I have always considered it my duty to intervene when justice is at stake, even though I am bitterly attacked for it.

“I feel honored because I have had a certain kind of enemies.

“I have always fought war—an attitude which the majority of sound political opinion in the United States appreciates.

“Proudly I rise to defend the socalled ‘war resisters’ whom I regard as greater heroes than those who allow themselves to be sacrificed upon the altar of misconceived patriotism.”

Patriot Corporation, which seeks to have him barred from admission to this country.

The material has been forwarded with instructions for such investigation as the particular consular officer to whom Professor Einstein applies for a visa will consider necessary.

The Women’s Patriot Corporation, of which Mrs. Randolph Forthingham is president, charged that Professor Einstein is “affiliated with more Communist groups than Joseph Stalin himself.”

Some surprise has been occasioned by the action of the State Department which had been expected to dismiss the matter.

Its present stand is interpreted, however, as a means of setting up an alibi should there be protests from other patriotic organizations when the visa, as anticipated, is granted.

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