Albert Einstein's Travel Diaries Reveal He Was Racist
Princeton University recently published a translated version Albert Einstein's personal diaries, which reveal some particularly troubling sentiments about other, non-white races. Titled The Travel Diaries Albert Einstein, the diaries were penned between October 1922 and March 1923, and features some passages that greatly contrast his idea that racism was a "disease white people," a quote he uttered later in his life.
Einstein observes how "Chinese don’t sit on benches while eating but squat like Europeans do when they relieve themselves out in the leafy woods. All this occurs quietly and demurely. Even the children are spiritless and look obtuse," mocking an oriental behaviour practiced for centuries.
Elsewhere, Einstein denounces the "abundance fspring" and the "fecundity" the Chinese. "It would be a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races. For the likes us the mere thought is unspeakably dreary," he notes.
The world's most iconic scientist believed the residents Ceylon, which is now known as Sri Lanka, "live in great filth and considerable stench at ground level,” before noting how they “do little, and need little. The simple economic cycle life."
The book's translator Ze'ev Rosenkranz spoke with The Guardian about the text, and believes that "a lot comments strike us as pretty unpleasant – what he says about the Chinese in particular. They’re kind in contrast to the public image the great humanitarian icon. I think it’s quite a shock to read those and contrast them with his more public statements. They’re more f guard, he didn’t intend them for publication."