From the Center for Online Judaic Studies (COJS)…
“Speech by Albert Einstein Regarding the Necessity of a Jewish University, Singapore, Oct. 1922.
In October 1922, Chaim Weizmann, head of the World Zionist Organization, had sent the following telegram from London to the Zionist Society in Singapore: “Professor Einstein and wife arrive Singapore November first Kitano Maru. Kindly arrange reception their honor. Celebrate event by raising a big contribution to Jerusalem University.”
If science is pre-eminent through its universal predomination, then one may ask, why do we need a Jewish University? Science is international but its success is based on institutions which are owned by nations. If therefore, we wish to promote culture we have to combine and to organize institutions with our own power and means.
We need to do this all the more on account of the present political developments and especially in the view of the fact that a large percentage of our sons are refused admission to the Universities of other nations.”
A university professor in Singapore once showed us (his students) a photograph of Einstein in Katong – does anyone have that photograph and can share it?
Why isn’t it more well-known that Einstein visited Singapore? Why was he here? What did he do while in Singapore? Ah, the mystery of it all….