Lieserl Einstein has remained a subject of much speculation through the years. She is known as the first child of the highly decorated, respected, renowned, and celebrated German-born Physicist, Albert Einstein. Her existence is something that has not been very clear, but thanks to some letters that were discovered which were believed to have been exchanged between her father Albert and her mother Mileva, we have come to find out lots of interesting facts and details about her.
Lieserl Einstein Biography
It is believed that Lieserl Einstein was born on the 27th day of January 1902, in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, which is now located in present-day Serbia to Albert Einstein and his lover, a Serbian Mathematician named Mileva Maric, who later became the wife of the Physicist. At the time of her birth, her father was working in Switzerland while her mother was living in Serbia.
Lieserl was brought into the world when her father was just 22 after he met and fell in love with her mother, who was also a fellow student of physics like him. Although his mother advised him to discontinue the relationship citing that it would be ugly for him if the girl got pregnant, Albert continued and as feared, it eventually led to the birth of their daughter, something that was shrouded in secrecy as no one knew of it.
Lieserl Einstein’s parents finally got married a year after she was born in Switzerland. Unfortunately, she did not live long before she died as a little child. Nonetheless, there are no details regarding the circumstances that led to her death, but there have been rumors and speculations.
Her brief life on earth was rather written in puzzles that have become hard to crack. Till this very moment, the events that led her death are still being speculated since nothing has been found to that effect. However, there have been several theories and speculations regarding her.
1. Lieserl Einstein was born out of wedlock
Although Albert and Mileva would later get married, they had their daughter when they were still only dating. At the time, her father was just 22 and both of her parents were students of physics. Her father refused to give his ears to the advice of his mother to discontinue seeing her mom, which eventually led to Mileva getting pregnant.
2. She lived only for a year
Based on the series of correspondences between her parents, it is believed that she passed away on the 18th of September, 1903, which was a year after she was born and a year after her parents got married. As fate would have it, the union between her parents came to an end in 1919, the same year that Einstein got married to Elsa Löwenthal.
3. Lieserl Einstein may have died of Scarlet Fever
With so much about her all shrouded in mystery, it is believed that she died as a toddler when she contracted a disease known as scarlet fever. This conclusion was reached through a letter that was written by her father to her mother in September of 1903, enquiring about their daughter’s state of health.
4. Theories surrounding her existence
Several theories have been developed in regard to the circumstances surrounding the existence of Einstein’s daughter as well as her death. First of these theories was derived from Michelle Zackheim’s book titled Einstein’s Daughter: The Search for Lieserl (1999). The book revealed that she came into this world with Down Syndrome and that there were no orphanage homes at that period that would accept her and adoption was not possible either. Mileva’s family took care of her until she died of scarlet fever in September 1903.
Another theory speculates that since the girl was born out of wedlock, she was given out for adoption out of fear that her father’s fresh career would be affected negatively. Furthermore, it was claimed that Helen Savic, a very good friend of her mother adopted her and brought her up as Zorka Savic, but Helen had a blind daughter whom she named Zorka and she was alive until the 1990s. Helen’s grandson DR. Milan Popovic carried out some research on Albert Einstein and discredited the theory.