Better Late Than Never: Who Killed Einstein's Family?

German police are looking for the Nazis who killed Albert Einstein's family

Published: February 21st 2011
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Photo of Albert Einstein and David Ben Gurion, 1951

War crimes prosecutors in Stuttgart are offering a cash reward and will go live on television next week in order to try and find an unknown former German army soldier who witnessed the the unjust killings of Albert Einstein’s relatives in Italy. But, isn’t it too late? “its all relative” if you ask the prosecutors.


The police in Stuttgart have posted up a reward of 5,000 euros (around $6,500 US) for anyone who will give information that will help find the soldier. A very popular German crime-solving television show will also address the public and air the story nation-wide on Wednesday.


On August 3, 1944, in the midst of the Second World War, a group of soldiers, of whom none have been identified, went to the home of Roberto Einstein (because of his name) who lived near Florence. They where there looking for Jews and moreover, they did in fact know that he was a relative of the genius Nobel prize winner, Albert Einstein.


They could not find Roberto, who found a hiding place near the house, but they did find Roberto’s wife and two daughters (18 and 27 year olds) who were accused of espionage and executed at the site.


In 2007, due to new evidence concerning the incident, the police started looking into it again. They have established that one soldier present at the scene did not want to be a part of the murder and went into a different room inside the house. They believe the soldier which was 18 to 20 years-old at the time, is the key to solving the crime because he knows who the killers were and can name his commanding officer as well.


The war crimes unit said they have largely reconstructed the crime. They now hope that the soldier, who is now being sought as a witness is still alive and will approach them or be located with the help of the public.


As for Roberto Einstein, he committed suicide one year later in 1945 as a result of the pain and agony. Albert Einstein lived in the US during the time of the war.

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