A new book tells the story of Albert Einstein, a genius Jewish physicist who was sheltered in a log cabin in Norfolk from Nazis.

After fleeing Germany, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, the legendary scientist was held safe at Roughton Heath cabin, near Cromer for three weeks. 

Oliver Locker-Lampson, Conservative MP and the owner of the house, invited Einstein to visit.

For three weeks, he remained as Commander Locker-Lampson’s guest before fleeing to America where he sought asylum. He lived the rest of the life in the United States. 

The story of their relationship is told by author Stuart McLaren in his book, Saving Einstein: How Norfolk Hid a Genius – The Double Life of Oliver Locker-Lampson.

A new book tells the story of Albert Einstein, a genius Jewish physicist who hid from Nazis in an isolated log cabin in Norfolk. It was owned and maintained by Oliver Locker-Lampson, Conservative MP. Above: Einstein in front of the cabin, with Locker Lampson (left) and an armed guard

The legendary scientist was kept safe by armed guards at the cabin on Roughton Heath, near Cromer, for three weeks in 1933 after he fled Germany following the rise to power of Adolf Hitler

After fleeing Germany, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, the legendary scientist was held safe at Roughton Heath cabin, near Cromer for three weeks by armed guards.

After winning the Nobel Prize for Physics (1921), Einstein became famous around the globe during the rise of Nazism. 

In November 1915, he published his famed theory of relativity. 

It revolutionized theoretical and applied astronomy as well as scientists’ knowledge of the universe.  

Hitler’s new government made it impossible for Einstein to hold teaching and other positions in Germany.

Publications of his work were burned in book-burning ceremonies. A German magazine paid a $5,000 bounty to him for putting him on the list of Jews ‘not yet executed’. 

The Gestapo also raided Einstein’s Berlin home several times.  

He fled persecution and moved first to the USA, but then returned to Europe. After a brief time, he rented a home in Belgium.

Jacob Epstein sculpted his famous bust of Einstein when the scientist was staying in the Cromer cabin. Above: The pair pose with his creation

Jacob Epstein made his famous Einstein bust when he was at Cromer Cabin. Above: His creation is pictured with the pair.

McLaren writes that being a Jew was enough to cause them hatred. But, McLaren also mentions that he is an intellectual and a respected figure who doesn’t mind criticizing their decisions.

The Daily Mail reported Einstein's stay in Cromer in 1933

The Daily Mail reported Einstein’s 1933 visit to Cromer.

Einstein was offered sanctuary by Locker-Lampson, but it was determined that it would not be safe for him to remain at the large Cromer summer home of his parents. Instead, he was moved into a nearby hut in a camp at the heath. 

Jacob Epstein visited him and sculpted the iconic bust. 

In his book Epstein, McLaren recounts how Epstein was treated by a private butler. He also enjoyed the milk of the goats nearby.

He wrote that two young women wearing riding boots, jodhpurs or polo shirts were seen moving about in the area, with rifles attached to their shoulders by leather straps.

“Another man was seen, dressed in the full gamekeeper’s rig, sometimes with a dog, especially at dawn and dusk. His double-barrelled shotgun, at his shoulder, served as a sentry guard. 

“From one hut, there was a constant smell of cooking. Next came the odd spectacle of a waiter with white gloves and a black tail coat walking around the field bearing a silver tray. 

Whilst staying in Cromer, Einstein sunbathed and enjoyed milk from a nearby herd of goats, whilst being guarded all the time by women and men with guns. Above: The scientist poses with Locker-Lampson, who is sitting on a horse

While in Cromer Einstein enjoyed sunbathing and milking from the nearby goat herd while being guarded by both women and men who had guns. Above: Locker-Lampson is riding on the horse while Einstein poses for a photograph.

“From another house came the strange sound of live music played on a keyboard.

“Alternatively, the sound produced by the wind-up gramophone’s horn projected the scratchy sound classical music. Most likely Einstein’s favourite composers Bach & Mozart.

Then he vividly described how Einstein spent his free time sunbathing in the sunshine and taking in his surroundings. 

The man, who was slightly taller than the rest, and had grey hair, seemed to dominate the attention of all. As he relaxed outside with his armchair, often naked, the sun rays reflected off of the trees. 

Einstein stayed in a hut at the holiday camp because it was believed it was not safe enough for him to be in Locker-Lampson's family summer home

Einstein chose to stay in the holiday camp hut because it wasn’t safe for him in Locker-Lampson family summer home.

“At times he might also have been seen in one of the huts writing as he puffed on a pipe.  

Einstein was released from the secret camp in 1942 and returned to America.

He served as an employee at Princeton Institute for Advanced Study from Princeton, New Jersey up to his retirement in 1945. 

After two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan by the US at the close of World War II, his voice was heard against their use. 

In April 1955, he died at the age of 76.  To commemorate Einstein’s visit, Cromer was given a blue plaque in 2005.  


Albert Einstein (pictured) published his General Theory of Relativity in 1915

Albert Einstein (pictured), who published in 1915 his General Theory of Relativity

Albert Einstein, a pioneer in the study of physical laws, discovered that they are identical for all observers who are non-accelerating. The speed of light within a vacuum, which is also known as the theory or special relativity, was determined by Einstein in 1905.

The groundbreaking work created a framework that was new for all of Physics and introduced new concepts about space and time.

The theory was then extended for ten years, with the goal of including acceleration. He finally published his theory in 1915.

It was found that large objects can cause distortions in space-time which are felt as gravity.

It can be described as a huge rubber sheet with an oval bowling ball at its centre.

Pictured is the original historical documents related to Einstein's prediction of the existence of gravitational waves, shown at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem

Here are the original historical documents that Einstein used to predict the existence gravitational wave, as shown at Jerusalem’s Hebrew university

The ball twists the sheet and creates gravity.

Because of this effect, any object near the body will fall towards it.

Einstein believed that two huge bodies would cause a ripple of space-time that could be detected on Earth.

The most recent example was in Interstellar.

The crew visited a planet that fell under the gravity of a large black hole. This segment caused the timer to stop massively.

While crew on the planet are young, those who were on board the ship had decades of experience.