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In 1947, Philippe Halsman had a photo-session with his old family-friend Albert Einstein, who recounted his regrets about his role in developing the atomic bomb. Einstein’s sorrowful portrait was later used in publications and on a postage stamp throughout the U.S.

The photographer Philippe Halsman was born in Riga in 1906. In 1928, Halsman was accused of his father's murder while they were on a hiking trip in Tyrol, Austria. He was convicted to four years in prison. After two years, his family with the support from important European intellectuals including Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, Jakob Wassermann, Erich Fromm, and others got him pardoned and released. He emigrated to France and then to the United States, where he succeeded as a photographer. Philippe Halsman died in New York in 1979.

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Albert Einstein : in his study in Princeton, New Jersey, Leo Baeck Institute, F 84514.