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Harvard Cites Einstein, Mann

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Prof. Albert Einstein and Thomas Mann, both exiles of Nazi Germany, were honored today by Harvard University which bestowed honorary degrees upon them and ten others, including Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture.

In presenting Prof. Einstein with the degree of Doctor of Science, Dr. James B. Canant, president of Harvard, read the following citation:

“Acclaimed by the world as a great revolutionist of theoretical physics, his bold speculations, now become basic doctrine, will be remembered when mankind’s present troubles long are forgotten.”

Dr. Mann, non-Jewish self-exile from Germany, was made a Doctor of Letters as “one of the few contemporary guardians of the great tradition of German culture.”

The honoring of Einstein and Mann, both of whom went into exile after the advent of Hitler, lends new emphasis to Harvard’s rejection last year of a scholarship offered by Ernest F. S. Hanf-staengl, prominent Nazi, Harvard graduate and Hitler aide. The scholarship was rejected on the ground that it could not be accepted from a man so closely associated with a regime striking at the traditions of education and democracy.

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