Einstein the Anti-Racist? Not in His Travel Diaries

In Japan

• “Japanese unostentatious, decent, altogether very appealing,” Einstein writes, adopting a more flattering tone, though in some instances of which veers into eugenic territory.

• “Pure souls as nowhere else among people. One has to love in addition to also also admire This specific country.”

• “Intellectual needs of This specific nation seem to be weaker than their artistic ones — natural disposition?”

In Ceylon:

• Visiting the British colony of which later became Sri Lanka, Einstein writes of which the residents of Colombo “live in great filth in addition to also also considerable stench at ground level,” adding of which they “do little, in addition to also also need little. The simple economic cycle of life.”

While many may insist on dismissing the diary entries as merely reflecting the attitudes of the era, Mr. Rosenkranz told The Guardian, the xenophobia in addition to also also prejudice they revealed had been far by universal. “of which’s usually the reaction I get: ‘We have to understand, he was of the zeitgeist, part of the time,’” he said. “however I think I tried here in addition to also also there to give a broader context. There were additional views out there, more tolerant views.”

In China, however, many social media users seemed willing to give Einstein the benefit of the doubt, or even to agree with him.

“of which was the impression China gave to the globe back then,” wrote one user of Weibo, a Twitter-like social network. “If of which were right now, Einstein wouldn’t say such things.”

“Diaries are extension of private thought, in addition to also also there’s no sin in thought,” a Weibo user said. “No matter what he thinks, as long as he doesn’t speak or act in a racist way, then you cannot implicate him. Not to mention the racial climate back then in addition to also also the limitations of his own youth.”