About Eduard (Tete) Einstein
Institutionalized for schizophrenia, no children.
Short life history: Eduard Einstein
- July 28, 1910 Zurich, † October 25, 1965 Zurich
On July 28 in 1910 Eduard, the second son of Albert Einstein (1879–1955) and Mileva Maric (1875–1948), was born in Zurich. From his mother he received the nickname “Tete”.
On September 22, 1913, Zastava, a Novi Sad newspaper published the following announcement: “Yesterday in the local Serbian Orthodox Church were baptized two little Swiss, sons of Albert Einstein, grandsons of our esteemed friend and fellow citizen, Milos Maric”. The kum was Dr. Laza Markovic.
Eduard was a sensitive child who was often ill. Einstein and his family moved to Berlin in 1914. As Mileva didn’t like Berlin and the marriage with Einstein was broken, she decided to move to Zurich with her sons only a short time later. They got divorced in 1919. Eduard and especially his older brother Hans Albert (1904–1973) suffered a lot from the divorce of their parents.
In Zurich Mileva took care of the education of her sons. Eduard, a very talented pupil, made an especially good impression due to his highly intellectual and musical talent.
Despite the separation Einstein often visited his sons and Mileva in Zurich. He also undertook little journeys with his sons. Eduard passed his A-levels in 1929 as one of the best students. Afterwards he began to study medicine. He wanted to become a psychiatrist.
At the age of twenty, Eduard began to suffer from schizophrenia. That happened in 1930. Mileva took care of her “Tete” lovingly. He had to go to “Burghölzli”, a psychiatric sanatorium in Zurich, for the first time in 1932. But it shouldn’t be for the last time. Eduard abandoned his studies. The problems with her ill son and the high costs caused by the stays in the sanatorium were a great burden for Mileva .
Albert Einstein and his second wife Elsa emigrated to the United States in the autumn of 1933. There he found a new working place in Princeton, New Jersey. Eduard’s brother, Hans Albert, and his family went also to the United States in 1938.
From 1948 on, after the death of his mother, Eduard lived constantly in “Burghölzli” where he died in 1965. He survived his father by ten years.
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He was born in Zürich, Switzerland, the second son of physicist Albert Einstein and his first wife Mileva Marić. Einstein and his family moved to Berlin in 1914, but shortly thereafter Marić returned to Zürich, taking Eduard and his brother with her.
Eduard was a good student and had musical talent. He started to study medicine to become a psychiatrist, but by the age of twenty he was afflicted with schizophrenia and institutionalized two years later for the first of several times. Many people believe he was overdosed with drugs and harmed by the many "cures" that were used at the time. After his illness struck, Eduard had a minimal relationship with his father.
His mother cared for him until she died in 1948. From then on Eduard lived most of the time at the psychiatric clinic Burghölzli in Zürich, where he died of a stroke at age 55. He is buried at Hönggerberg-Cemetery in Zurich. His family lineage has been used to raise public awareness of schizophrenia.