Evelyn Einstein Died in Squalor, Despite Grandfather's Riches


"I'm outraged," said Evelyn Einstein, who told CNN that she wanted the money to move into an assisted living facility. "It's hard for me to believe they would treat the family the way they have, which has been abysmally."

In an interview with Michael Paterniti for his 2000 book "Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain," she said, "It's not so easy being an Einstein. When I was in school at Berkeley in the '60s, I could never tell if men wanted to be with me because of me, or my name. To say, you know, 'I had an Einstein.'"

According to the book, Princeton pathologist Thomas Harvey, who had taken Einstein's brain after an autopsy, offered a piece of it to his grandddaughter, but she declined.

Morales, who runs an exhibit of Einstein's furniture from his former Princeton home, said the scientist likely saw very little of his granddaughter, who was only 6 years old when he died.

"I do think you learn about him through the objects he was surrounded with," she said of the 17-piece exhibit.

"Some of the pieces are very Germanic and you can imagine them in a middle to upper class German household," she said. "There is a mirror which we sort of joke about as we picture him with his wild hair."

Einstein was also somewhat alienated from his two sons.

"Hans Albert and his brother Eduard were close to their mother after the divorce, and even while they were married, when [Einstein] became an academic and a world figure, he was drifting away from his family and less involved in their lives," Morales said.

As they became adults, the relationship improved, according to biographical papers by Bela Kornitzer donated to Drew University.

"They talked out their difficulties and emphasized how things had gotten better as they got older and had many things in common," said Morales.

Evelyn Einstein, who was being treated for heart and lung disease, as well as diabetes, was reportedly writing a memoir before her death.

Sadly, according to Morales, the girl Evelyn likely never had much of a bond with her grandfather, but Albert Einstein did enjoy children.

"There were many stories about how he would talk to children on Mercer Street and in the neighborhood and when they would come to the door," she said. "Einstein was known for his interest in children."

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