4 4 8 D O C . 6 2 F O U N D I N G O F H E B R E W U N I V E R S I T Y
Yidishes Tageblat·The Jewish Daily News, 3 April 1921, p. . For Einstein’s earlier efforts to aid
talented students from Eastern Europe, see Einstein 1920a (Doc. 33), note 6.
He was even prepared to go beyond mere fund-raising for the university. In contrast to his claim
in December 1919 that he did not intend to accept a call to Jerusalem (see note 3), he raised the
possibility at the beginning of his American tour that he might serve as a visiting lecturer or even
occupy a permanent chair (see interview in New York Evening Post, 8 April 1921, p. 7). A month later,
he expressed his willingness to “participate in the scientific department”; interview with the New York
American as reported in Jewish Correspondence Bureau (New York), 18 May 1921, p. 4.
Whereas Einstein had earlier condemned as lacking in character those Jews who sought conver-
sion or assimilation (see Docs. 34 and 35), he was now more prepared to acknowledge the social
pressures which determined this attitude.
A gathering of such interested parties took place at Einstein’s home in Berlin later in the year.
On the occasion of a visit by Chaim Weizmann, a number of prominent Jewish academics were
invited to Haberlandstrasse on the evening of 23 December 1921 to hear Weizmann out on further
developments in the planning of the university. Present were Julius Hirschberg (1843–1925), Profes-
sor of Ophthalmology, Moritz Katzenstein (1872–1931), Extraordinary Professor of Experimental
Surgery, Heinrich Löwe (1867–1950), Titular Professor of Ethnography and Librarian, Issai Schur
(1875–1941), Professor of Mathematics, all at the University of Berlin; Andor Fodor (1884–1968),
Professor of Chemistry at the University of Halle; Richard Goldschmidt (1878–1958), Head of the
Department of Zoology and Genetics in the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Biology, Berlin; Louis Lewin
(1850–1925), Professor of Pharmacology at the Technische Hochschule Berlin; Gotthold Mamlock
(1876–1942?), general practitioner and medical publicist, Berlin; Julius Morgenroth (1871–1924),
Head of the Department of Chemotherapy at the Robert Koch Institute of Infectious Diseases, Berlin;
Carl Neuberg (1877–1956), Director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Biochemistry, Berlin, and
Ludwig Rosenthal (1855–1928), lecturer in rabbinical studies, Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des
Judentums, Berlin. Invited but unable to attend was August von Wassermann (1866–1925), Director
of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Experimental Therapy, Berlin. See Jüdische Pressezentrale
Zürich, 30 December 1921, p. 4.