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Jakarta Post

Refugees: Doing it for themselves!

  • Julia Suryakusuma

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 3 2018   /  12:46 am

When you hear the name Albert Einstein (1879-1955), what comes to mind? Physicist. E=mc2. Theory of Relativity. Nobel laureate. Genius. But did you know he was also a refugee?

Yup, when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, Einstein was already a well-known physicist in his native Germany, having won the Nobel Prize in 1921. Due to the persecution he suffered as a Jew, he fled Germany, sought refuge in the United States and settled in Princeton. Germany’s loss, the US’ gain.

Einstein was known to have a big brain, and apparently also a big heart. Due to the suffering he endured as a refugee, he set out to help other refugees. He was instrumental in setting up what has now become the International Rescue Committee (, which is “committed to achieving measurable improvements in the health, education, safety, economic well-being and empowerment of people’s liv...