Dr. Albert Einstein spent the last ten years of his life,
As a Crusader of peace and disarmament.
He passionately voiced his concern about Atom bomb.
In a dinner at New York Astor Hotel, in December 1945,
To honour Nobel Prize winners, he firmly declared:
"The war is won but peace is not"!
As a staunch pacifist he was much disturbed and worried
About the possible use of atom bomb for a wrongful purpose.
He vociferously spoke against militarism, its implications,
And advocated Gandhi's methods of Ahimsa or Non-violence!
In 1946, Dr. Einstein became the Chairman of
The Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists.
As the Chairman, he urged the United Nations to form
A world Government, which he strongly pointed out
Was the only remedy or solution, to maintain world peace.
If each nation possessed separate armament,
There would always be oppositions and wars.
He was totally against military aggression.
Dr. Einstein wrote in support of International Laws
Prohibiting the creation and use of atom bombs.
Einstein's personal life too, turned painful.
In 1945, Einstein's sister Maja, who lived with him
In Princeton, suffered a stroke and became bedridden.
She could never travel to Europe to meet her sick husband.
But Einstein was such a good big brother,
That he would sit beside her, tending, caring,
And reading to her every night. The siblings bonded well.
A family friend remarked: "Two old people sitting together,
With their bushy hair, in complete agreement, understanding, and love."
Dr Einstein, just before turning seventy years, took ill
And was admitted to Jewish hospital in Brooklyn.
He was diagnosed with aneurysm in abdominal aorta.
Though, after few weeks he recuperated and returned home,
He was aware of his ill health, hence signed, sealed his last will.
He made his friend Otto Nathan as the Executor of his last will,
Helen Dukas, a trustee of all his literary assets.
He bequeathed his papers to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
His violin for his grandson - Bernhard and all his financial assets
To his sons - Hans & Eduard, step daughter Margot and Helen Dukas.
In 1948, Einstein's first wife, Mileva passed away,
Leaving their son Eduard orphaned in a sanatorium in Switzerland.
In 1951, Maja died, after a prolonged illness in Princeton.
In 1952, Dr. Einstein was offered the high position as
The President of Israel, which he politely declined.
In 1954, Einstein became very sick with hemolytic anemia.
On 18th April 1955, he peacefully breathed his last in his sleep.
He had refused any further surgeries to prolong his life.
Apart from the nurse, Helen Dukas and step daughter Margot,
Faithfully attended to him till the very end.
An exceptional human being, who lived fearlessly
And faced death courageously, without a tear.
He left this world without any regrets or complaints,
Leaving a great legacy of scientific brilliance, and
As a champion of humanitarian values and peace!
A Biographical Poem
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem