|Einstein when he worked as a patent clerk
|Einstein's apartment in Bern
|Bob with daughter Anna in front of Einstein's house
Later in his life, during World War Two, Einstein was successful in persuading US President Franklin D Roosevelt to prepare atomic weapons. This led to the development of The Manhattan Project, which produced the two bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 and which must have given this noted pacifist something to think about. Today, the apartment is home to a small Einstein museum. The rooms where Einstein lived and worked have been restored to depict his exact lifestyle a century ago.
|Clock tower in Bern
The Einstein house is close to Bern Cathedral. The city of Bern was founded in 1191 by Berthold V, Duke of Zahringen. The duke decided to name the city after the first animal killed in a hunt that he was holding. The unfortunate creature that first met its end was a bear, which in German is “bar”, and the city was so named. Over the centuries “bar” has been corrupted to “Bern”. The first church on the cathedral site was built at around that time. We visited the present cathedral, which is massive.
|Cathedral's ornate archway
|Walled city of Bern
|Bundeshaus in Bern
|William Tell monument in Altdorf, Switzerland
This piece, written by Bob, was originally posted on our website on January 22, 2011.