March 14, 2021

Happy Birthday, Albert Einstein!

Today we celebrate the 142nd birthday of world-renowned physicist, Albert Einstein.  

Einstein is known for many incredible contributions to the world of science—the theory of relativity and his work on atomic bombs to name a few. What he is lesser known for is his journey to Princeton, New Jersey as a refugee seeking asylum while his home country was devastated in the wake of World War II.  

Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany in 1879. At the age of 17, he renounced his German citizenship in order to pursue education in Switzerland. However, after a stint in Switzerland, Einstein returned to Germany to work as a professor at the University of Berlin. It was there at Einstein earned the 1921 Noble Peace Prize in physics.  

Just a few years later, Adolf Hitler began his rise to power in Germany. Einstein, a Jewish man, quickly became a target of anti-Semitic attacks due to his fame and influence. In 1932, Einstein and his wife fled Germany and set sights on Princeton, New Jersey where Einstein would accept a research position at the Institute for Advanced Study. By 1935, Einstein was granted permanent residency.  

After settling into life in the United States, Einstein and his wife began advocating for and assisting other refugees displaced by World War II.  

Like Einstein, 80 million people around the world are displaced today. Of those 80 million, 26.3 million are refugees.  

Since the 1970s, Catholic Community Services of Utah’s Refugee Resettlement and Refugee Foster Care programs have been working diligently to assist refugees as they settle into life in the United States in an effort to promote long term self-sufficiency. 

To learn more about how you can join us in the work of providing help and creating hope for refugees, visit the links below.

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