August 2, 1931: Albert Einstein Urged Scientists to Refuse to Cooperate with Preparations for War

On August 2, 1931, the Associated Press reported that Albert Einstein appealed to “the scientists of the world to refuse to cooperate in research for the creation of new instruments of war,” in a letter read to an international conference in Lyons, France of opponents of war.

Those who think that the danger of war is past are living in a fools’ paradise. We face today a militarism far more powerful and destructive than that which brought on the World war disaster.

Continued the AP,

“After asking scientists to have nothing to do with research that would result in new terrors of warfare, Professor Einstein appealed to ‘all men and women to declare before the disarmament conference meets at Geneva in February that they will refuse to give further assistance to war or to war preparations.'”

– as reported on page 9 of the Salt Lake Tribune on August 2, 1931. Below is a public domain image of Einstein and Charlie Chaplin, taken in April 1931 at the premiere of Chaplin’s film, City Lights. Einstein had stated previously that Chaplin was the only person in Hollywood he wished to meet.

 

Albert Einstein & Charlie Chaplin at the premiere of Chaplin's City Lights, 1931. Public Domain image.

Albert Einstein & Charlie Chaplin at the premiere of Chaplin’s City Lights, 1931. Public Domain image.

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