Albert Einstein’s shrine to the Nazis was a LOG CABIN in Norfolk

The little-known story of how genius Jewish physicist Albert Einstein sheltered from the Nazis in a remote log cabin in Norfolk has been told in a new book.

The legendary scientist was kept safe for three weeks by armed guards in the hut on Roughton Heath, near Cromer, in 1933 after fleeing Germany after Adolf Hitler came to power.

Einstein had been invited to stay in the house by its owner, Conservative MP Oliver Locker-Lampson.

He stayed with Commander Locker-Lampson for three weeks before emigrating to the United States, where he applied for asylum and lived for the rest of his life.

The story of their relationship is told by author Stuart McLaren in his book, Saving Einstein: How Norfolk Hid a Genius – The Double Life of Oliver Locker-Lampson.

The little-known story of how genius Jewish physicist Albert Einstein sheltered from the Nazis in a remote Norfolk log cabin owned by Conservative MP Oliver Locker-Lampson (left) has been told in a new book. Above: Einstein outside the cabin with Locker-Lampson and an armed guard

The legendary scientist was kept safe for three weeks by armed guards in the hut on Roughton Heath, near Cromer, in 1933 after fleeing Germany after Adolf Hitler came to power.

The legendary scientist was kept safe for three weeks by armed guards in the hut on Roughton Heath, near Cromer, in 1933 after fleeing Germany after Adolf Hitler came to power.

When the Nazis came to power, Einstein was world famous after winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.

In November 1915 he had published his famous theory of relativity.

It transformed theoretical physics and astronomy and continues to support scientists’ understanding of the universe.

However, Einstein was forced to leave Germany after Hitler’s new government passed laws forbidding Jews from holding positions, including teaching positions at universities.

His published works were the target of book-burning ceremonies, while a German magazine put a $5,000 bounty on his head for putting him on a list of Jews “not yet hanged.”

Einstein’s home in Berlin was also repeatedly raided by the Gestapo.

To escape persecution, he initially moved to the US, but then returned to Europe and rented a house in Belgium for a short time before staying with Commander Locker-Lampson.

Jacob Epstein sculpted his famous bust of Einstein while the scientist was staying in the Cromer cabin.  Above: the couple posing with their creation

Jacob Epstein sculpted his famous bust of Einstein while the scientist was staying in the Cromer cabin. Above: the couple posing with their creation

Mr McLaren writes in his book: ‘Being Jewish in itself would have been enough to incite their hatred, but because he was also a renowned and respected intellectual who was not afraid to criticize them, he was at the top of their list. of enemies.’

The Daily Mail reported on Einstein's stay at Cromer in 1933

The Daily Mail reported on Einstein’s stay at Cromer in 1933

Locker-Lampson offered Einstein shelter, but because it was believed it would be too dangerous for him to stay at his family’s large summer home in Cromer, it was decided that he would be hidden in a cabin at a holiday camp on the nearby moors. .

He continued to work there and was visited by artist Jacob Epstein, who sculpted his famous bust of the scientist.

Mr. McLaren in his book talks about Epstein’s stay and describes how the physicist got a personal butler and enjoyed drinking milk from the nearby herd of goats.

“All day long there may have been two young women dressed in riding boots, breeches and polo shirts, walking around, rifles slung on leather belts over their shoulders,” he writes.

Another man, impeccably dressed in full gamekeeper’s outfit and sometimes accompanied by a dog, might have been seen, especially at dawn and dusk, his double-barreled shotgun on shoulder arms like a guard on duty.

From one of the huts, the smell of cooking periodically wafted through the camp, followed by the bizarre spectacle of a waiter in a black coat and white gloves walking gingerly across the grass with a loaded silver tray.

During his stay in Cromer, Einstein sunbathed and enjoyed milk from a nearby herd of goats, all the while being guarded by women and men with guns.  Above: The scientist poses with Locker-Lampson, who is riding a horse

During his stay in Cromer, Einstein sunbathed and enjoyed milk from a nearby herd of goats, all the while being guarded by women and men with guns. Above: The scientist poses with Locker-Lampson, who is riding a horse

“From another cabin came the incongruous sound of live music being played on a piano.

“At other times, the horn of a wind-up gramophone projected the scratchy sound of classical music, most likely from Einstein’s favorite composers Bach and Mozart.”

He then vividly describes how Einstein spent his time sunbathing and enjoying his surroundings.

In the midst of it all, a somewhat stocky middle-aged man with an unkempt mane of graying hair seemed to be the center of everyone’s attention as he lay outside in an armchair, often bare-chested, enjoying the late summer sun or strolling through the camp, sometimes stopping to talk to a small herd of babysitters or to pet a sleepy-looking horse that swapped flies with its tail.

Einstein stayed in a cabin at the vacation camp because it was thought it wasn't safe enough for him to be at Locker-Lampson's summer home

Einstein stayed in a cabin at the vacation camp because it was thought it wasn’t safe enough for him to be at Locker-Lampson’s summer home

“Other times he might have glimpsed in one of the cabins, scribbling as he puffed on his pipe, an unordered pile of papers and notebooks scattered on a card table and fell to the floor.”

After his stay in the secret camp, Einstein went back to the US and became an American citizen in 1940.

He worked at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey until his retirement in 1945.

Later in life, he spoke out against the use of nuclear weapons after two were dropped by the US on Japan at the end of World War II.

He died in April 1955 at the age of 76. In 2005 a blue plaque was hung in Cromer to commemorate Einstein’s stay.

EINSTEIN’S GENERAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY

Albert Einstein (pictured) published his general theory of relativity in 1915

Albert Einstein (pictured) published his general theory of relativity in 1915

In 1905, Albert Einstein established that the laws of nature are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum was independent of the motion of all observers – known as special relativity.

This groundbreaking work introduced a new framework for all of physics and proposed new concepts of space and time.

He then spent 10 years trying to incorporate acceleration into the theory, finally publishing his general theory of relativity in 1915.

This determined that massive objects cause a distortion in space-time, which is felt as gravity.

At its simplest, it can be thought of as a giant rubber sheet with a bowling ball in the middle.

Pictured are the original historical documents related to Einstein's prediction of the existence of gravitational waves, displayed at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Pictured are the original historical documents related to Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves, displayed at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

As the ball deforms the sheet, a planet bends the fabric of space-time, creating the force we feel as gravity.

Any object that comes near the body will fall towards it due to the effect.

Einstein predicted that if two massive bodies came together, it would create such a huge ripple in spacetime that it should be detectable on Earth.

It was last demonstrated in the hit movie Interstellar.

In a segment where the crew visited a planet that fell within the gravity of a massive black hole, the event caused time to slow down tremendously.

Crew members on the planet barely aged, while those on the ship were decades older when they returned.

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