Skip to comments.Einsteinís granddaughter dies in poverty despite famous grandfather
Posted on 04/21/2011 9:40:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Evelyn Einstein had a difficult life, never able to cash in on the notoriaty and riches her famous grandfather amassed in his lifetime and beyond. Now dead at 70, her fight to gain control of some of that which she felt was rightfully hers, dies too.
Evelyn Einstein, who was the adopted daughter of one of Einsteins natural born sons, experienced poverty and homelessness and was a self-proclaimed “dumpster diver,” all while the estate of her famous grandfather — one of the most iconic figures of all time — earned millions.
According to her obituary in The New York Times, the younger Einstein spoke four or five languages and earned a master’s degree in medieval literature from Berkeley, yet she lived in squalor.
Working occassionally as a dog catcher, a cult deprogrammer and a police officer, Evelyn Einstein was destitute after her divorce. She was married for 13 years to eccentric professor Grover Krantz, a Washington State University anthropologist who attempted to prove Big Foot existed.
After the divorce she was known to live in her car and scavenge for food out of dumpsters.
In the later part of her life, she made it known that her brilliant, yet eccentric, grandfather did not leave a penny to her or anyone else in the family. Instead, after his death in 1955, his estate, including 75,000 papers and other items were willed to Hebrew University in Jeruselum.
The elder Einstein’s name and likeness draw annual earnings of $10 million, according to the 2010 Forbes magazine “Top Earning Dead Celebrities” list. He ranks eighth after Michael Jackson (1), Stieg Larsson (6) and Dr. Seuss (7).
All royalties go to the Israeli university for scholarships and research.
Just before her death this year, she fought Hebrew University for some of the estate’s profits.
“I’m outraged,” said Evelyn Einstein, who told CNN that she wanted the money to move into an assisted living facility. “It’s hard for me to believe they would treat the family the way they have, which has been abysmally.”
Was she related to the real Einstein or the Yahoo Serious version?
All of which just goes to prove Albert was a smart guy.
Gee, with a master’s degree in medieval literature, you’d think she could write her ticket to wealth. (Did she ever pay off her student loans?)
I think I may see a root cause...
He gave the money to a university? Well, I suppose it’s his money and he can do with it what he pleases, but why would he leave his family in squalor?
Perhaps we’re not getting the entire story here. If she was a dumpster diver, perhaps she was mentally ill or otherwise incapable of holding down a normal job?
There are many questions left unanswered here in my mind.
Given her "education," that's no surprise.
Well this woman never learned an important lesson, nobody owes you a living. She made poor choices in life and paid for it, tough.
It’s funny that she looks so much like him, considering that she was the adopted child of his natural son.
Granted, but still, the fact that he gave his money to a university rather than taking care of his family, only reflects the other things I have heard about him: He was an arrogant, heartless, and selfish SOB. In other words, a typical socialist.
Hmm. Some bad life-choices may explain her predicament when she was living. Mayb there are thousands of jobs for people with medieval lit degrees that I don't know about?
Hey, any day you get to take a shot at Jews is a good day, huh?!
She was a highly educated and learned woman and yet she lived on the street and died in poverty. Sorry sister that was not your grandfather’s fault, it was yours.
I don’t think he left her in squalor...any more than my parents left me in squalor by not leaving me anything. I would think that degree in medieval literature from Berzerkely would be worth something.
It sounds like she just went downhill after marrying some other Ivory Tower genius.
TWO:Do expect that you will have to work at something in order to support yourself,especially if you are not a member of the heritary welfare class sponsored by the Democrats.
THREE :Don't expect to make a living doing something no one cares about.
Wonder what languages she spoke? Translators should be able to find some work.
"She was married...to eccentric professor Grover Krantz...who attempted to prove Big Foot existed."
So?? What does that have to do with it? Nothing. Your success in life does not depend on getting a windfall from a parent or grandparent. It is their money to use as they please. Not yours.
nnooo! i wanted him to be as i imagined--the way Walter Matthau (sp) played him on the movie, "IQ." that was such a cute movie...
Sounds like perhaps she should have read “Atlas Shrugged” rather than medieval literature...
What a weird statement. No one is obligated to will anything to family. Einstein wanted his wealth to go to education and research, his right to do so.
Einstein had two sons. One stayed in Switzerland with his mother (whom Einstein gave the proceeds from his Nobel Prize) and never amounted to much. He had mental problems. The other emigrated to California and became a professor of engineering at U.C. Berkley. He had three children, two by his first wife and they adopted a third, this one. She obviously had a great many advantages, but she lived in the shadow of greatness.
LOL...I don’t know exactly why, but you post just made me laugh...perhaps the style was copied so accurately from those self-help things...
Best guess is that she was not Jewish....and that's that!!
Wrong, common sense says someone should have reached out to this women, is not like they did not know her since she had made requests. It is obvious the woman had mental issues. The ones that failed to handle this properly are the ones you have issue with.
You might actually be qualified as shift leader at McDonalds with that.
A famous ancestor and $2 will get you a cup of coffee.
Grandfather got a job as a patent clerk. Perhaps she should have just gotten a job also!
(Note the constant anti-semitic tone in the mainstream press today.)
Einstein provided very well for his sons. He gave their mother the proceeds from his Nobel Prize, the equivalent of well over a million dollars today. Their mother bought some apartment buildings in Switzerland and should have been able to live a comfortable life. Her father was a professor at Berkeley and never sought support from his father.
Too bad her ex never caught bigfoot or she’d have had a lifetime’s supply of beef jerky.
What a strange thing to say. Einstein left nothing to any family member. He died in 1955, she was not in poverty at that time.
She was a highly educated woman and made really bad choices, that is her problem not his.
I shouldn’t have been drinking soda when I read your post...
If you have a degree in medieval literature, don’t you have to be goth, too? That would fit right in.
Yet you blame the Jews for not helping this adopted grand daughter of a well known dead guy.
Something tells me that if you had a five minute conversation with this woman you wouldn't give her enough money for bus fare. I've offered to help many homeless people. It's part of my job. 90% of the time they have refused my help. They want to be there.
Next you will be telling me how unjust we are because pollard is in jail.
The only thing anyone in my family has left me is the bills for their funerals....which I have gladly paid. Nevertheless. I have done quite well for myself.
My Hubby’s father has some money which he put in a trust. We don’t even know who the money is left to. Hubby always says....it is his money he can do what he wants with it.
I don’t understand your comment. Could you elaborate?
“Working occassionally as a dog catcher, a cult deprogrammer and a police officer”
Hey the dogcatcher in my town makes about 75 K a year and has full benefits and a pension
did she minor in Egyptian Pyramid Construction Theory??
1st century Roman vase-making techniques?
real bankable education
Another lib thinking they should be entitled to something they didn’t work for.
The stench of it is on this thread as well.
I think she looks like Suzanne Vega.
RE: Hey the dogcatcher in my town makes about 75 K a year and has full benefits and a pension
Did he have a master’s degree in Medieval Literature? :)
Don’t bother answering. Reading the rest of the thread provided all the explantion needed. I have no interest in engaging in a conversation or dialogue with you about this. Or anything. Ever.
She graduated from Berkeley, of course she’s mentally ill.
Not having any idea who that was, I had to look it up. You're right.
He also had a daughter who was born before he and his first wife married and who was given up for adoption.