Albert Einstein – Historic recordings


The world’s greatest scientist backs ORT. It is October 28, 1930. Two weeks earlier, 107 Nazis had taken their seats in the Reichstag to form the second largest bloc in the German parliament. In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin is the undisputed dictator. At this inauspicious time, ORT was educating and training Jews so that they could make for themselves the opportunities for a decent life that others were actively trying to deny them. It was on this day that Lord Rothschild hosted a dinner at Londons Savoy Hotel to raise money for ORTs work. To help him were two of the greatest talents of their generation: Albert Einstein and Bernard Shaw. Now, ORT supporters can like their predecessors more than 70 years before hear these giants of Western civilisation speak out in support of ORTs vital work. A live recording of their historic addresses has been restored and is featured on a commemorative CD released by the British Library for Einstein Year, which is part of the International Year of Physics a worldwide celebration of physics and its application to mark the centenary of the publication of Einsteins three most famous theories. Albert Einstein – Historic recordings 1930-1947 Celebrating ‘Einstein year’, one hundred years since the great scientist’s Special Theory of Relativity and fifty years since his death, this CD features previously unpublished and rare recordings. The centrepiece is a very rare recording of the celebrated fund-raising dinner at the Savoy Hotel in 1930, at which Bernard Shaw famously described Einstein as a ‘maker of universes’. Also included are a short newsreel from Einstein’s historic appearance at a massed rally at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in 1933 and a radio broadcast from 1945, in which he discusses the responsibilities of the scientists who worked on the development of the atomic bomb. Albert Einstein – Historic recordings 1930-1947 – 9.95 Catalogue details 7 tracks lasting 68 minutes 24-page booklet including transcripts and translations where necessary rare and unpublished recordings, including Einstein explaining his Special Theory of Relativity, the formula E=mc Bernard Shaw – Play sound clip Bernard Shaw speaking in praise of Albert Einstein at the ORT-OZE charity dinner, held at the Savoy Hotel, London. Albert Einstein – Play sound clip Albert Einstein speaking in German on ‘Jewish Community’ at the ORT-OZE charity dinner, held at the Savoy Hotel, London. To read the English text of Einstein’s speech, click here. Members of the ORT family can take pride in hearing one of the most influential people of the modern era explain his famous formula E = mc 2 , his commitment to the notion of Jewish community, and the importance of ORTs work in the same breath. The plight of our Jewish community all over the world is at the same time a barometer reading of the political worlds moral standard This barometer is very visible in our time. We feel this grievously as part of our fate. But it is this very low point that so reinforces my conviction that it is our duty to ensure the survival and strengthening of this community, Einstein told the guests, who included journalists from the BBC, German radio, the New York Times and the Washington Post. There follows one of the 20th centurys finest examples of public eulogy a tribute to the scientist by Bernard Shaw, who compares him to makers of universes [whose] hands are unstained by the blood of any human being such as Pythagoras, Aristotle, Copernicus, Galileo and Newton. There are great men who are great men amongst small men, but there are also great men who are great amongst great men, and that is the sort of great man whom you have amongst you here tonight, the author of Pygmalion said. The survival of this live 35-minute recording, almost in its entirety, is a rare event, given its date so early in the history of radio. Richard Fairman, of the British Library Sound Archive, led the work researching and restoring this landmark recording. Mr Fairman had assumed that up to eight minutes of the audio may have survived the length of two sides of an old 78rpm disc. See the associated link where he recounts the background to producing this extraordinary CD.