EINSTEIN AND KALASHNIKOV STAYED HERE

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I have never stayed at the Hotel Moskva in the centre of Belgrade.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, I used to make use of a little known facility. In those far off days, foreigners like me could make local telephone calls from the hotel lobby free of charge.

The hotel began life as the 'Rossiya Palace in 1906. By 1909, it was being used as a hotel. 

Over the years, notable guests have included Albert Einstein and Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventer of the gun named in his honour.

During WW2, the hotel was temporarily named the Hotel Velika Srbija when it became used as Gestapo Headquarters.

Since WW2, the hotel has been known as 'Moskva', and ios still functioning. It is a Belgrade landmark.

AdamR3723 says:
Thanks for looking into this!
Posted on: Mar 22, 2017
spocklogic says:
Let's see, as I recall Einstein separated from Mileva in 1914 and they divorced in 1919. A little more digging shows that before they separated visits to Serbia were made in 1905, 1907 and 1913. They did visit Belgrade in 1905, but uncertain about 1907 & 1913.
Posted on: Mar 21, 2017
AdamR3723 says:
Yes, that is right, but I don't know when Einstein stayed in Moskva. According to http://www.serbia.com/famous-guests-hotel-moskva/, Albert and Mileva stayed there, but when that was is not stated.
Posted on: Mar 21, 2017
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HOTEL MOSKVA in 1978
HOTEL MOSKVA in 1978
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