Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Fable: When Persecution Brought Retribution
There was once a genius who decided, while on a visit to the USA in 1933, not to return to his native Germany.
There were several reasons for the decision.
His house had been raided by Nazis, his sailboat had been confiscated, his books were publicly burned, a $5,000 bounty was placed on his head and a German magazine declared him an enemy of the people adding ‘not yet hanged’.
He wrote to the President of the USA warning him that the Nazis would try to develop an atomic bomb and suggesting that America should undertake that task.
Moral: Be careful who you persecute.Tags: native Germany, Nazis