Getting to Know Einstein's Wives
Elsa Einstein was born Elsa Einstein on Jan. 18, 1876. That’s not a mistake, Elsa’s father was Rudolf Einstein, the cousin of Albert Einstein’s father. That’s not as strange as is gets, though. Her mother and Albert’s mother were also sisters, so Elsa and Albert Einstein were actually first cousins.Elsa changed her name when she married her first husband, Max Lowenthal, in 1896. The two had three children before getting divorced in 1908 and Elsa regained her maiden name when she married Albert.