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Einstein's Daughter: The Search for Lieserl


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In 1902 an illegitimate daughter was born to Albert Einstein. In 1903 she canished. The discovery in 1986 of early love letters between Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric, the woman who would become his first wife, revealed the birth of the child named Lieserl. But after a 1903 letter, there is no more mention of her. With nearly nine decades between the birth and our knowledge of the birth, and with scant clues as to the course of her life, the fate of Lieserl Maric Einstein remained a mystery.

In many respects, the story of Lieserl is inextricably linked to that of her mother, Mileva Maric, whose own story, as author Michele Zackheim came to learn, was vigilantly guarded for generations by her extended family in Serbia, whose confidence Zackheim had to earn before they would part with family secrets. After five years of travel to Serbian villages wracked by years of strife, painstaking forays into the labyrinth of Central European record-keeping, and hundreds of kitchen-table conversations; after following every lead and every flicker of intuition, and with the support of an international network of women, Michele Zackheim, in this account, has answered the question of what became of Lieserl Maric Einstein.

Bound to be controversial, stunningly dramatic, Einstein's Daughter is more than the story of its conclusion; it is a story of the century — of fame and obscurity, love and betrayal, pretenders and protectors; of legends, lies, promises, and unbearable truths.


"Einstein reshaped our view of the universe. That he was a flawed human being is not only fascinating in a tabloid sort of way but reassuring as well." Time magazine

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tim.symonds, November 27, 2009 (view all comments by tim.symonds)
In November 2009, subsequent to this very good work on Einstein's illegitimate daughter 'Lieserl', British researcher Tim Symonds came up with a 'Fourth Theory' to explain the mystery of Lieserl Maric-Einstein who disappears from the world in September 1903, aged about 21 months. Symonds agrees with Zackheim's suggestion that the daughter was born seriously mentally handicapped. This explains the lack of photos, the blanket of silence which immediately and permanently enveloped the child until she died and beyond. Symonds says Lieserl was deliberately killed, an act of mercy-killing, with Albert Einstein's consent but not direct involvement in the act - he never visited the daughter once in her short life. The probable person who committed the act, Symonds suggests, was Milos Maric, the father of Lieserl's mother Mileva Maric. Mercy killing was not legal in the Austro-Hungarian Empire but was widespread and even if a court found anyone guilty, it was almost always only a suspended sentence but it would be an act everyone would want to cover up.
This Fourth Theory is the only one which meets every aspect of the mystery. The other three simply tail out - that she died of scarlet fever (why no death certificate?), she was adopted (why no adoption papers or transfer of support money?) or handed to a home for mentally handicapped infants (again, where? And who did the paying for this?)
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The Search for Lieserl
Zackheim, Michele
Riverhead Trade
New York
Historical - General
Illegitimate children
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1st Riverhead trade paperback ed.
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no. NIH 00-218
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xiii, 347 p.
8.31x5.54x.99 in. .78 lbs.

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