So you want Albert Einstein's Berlin phone number?

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Albert Einstein's phone number - Berlin 2807 - has been published online.

Ringing it, for a spot of help with your eldest's science homework perhaps, wouldn't do a great deal of good, however.

The number has long since been replaced and, in any case, Einstein died in 1955.

But, while his number might not be so useful, there are millions of others posted alongside it on the internet that will help thousands of Britons trace their ancestors.

In fact, the numbers of 35million Germans, along with their names and addresses, have been made available following the online publication of phone books from Germany's major cities.

The books - which are kept at the German National Library - date from 1915 to 1981.

The directories will be of global interest because millions fled Germany after the Nazis' rise to power.

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