On various unreliable places on the web one can find the following tale (rendition below copied from here):

Einstein refused surgery, saying: « I want to go when I want. It is insipid to prolong life artificially. I’ve done my share, it is time to leave. I’ll do it in style. » He died in a hospital in Princeton at the age of 76.

However, just before his death, Einstein uttered his last words to his nurse, unfortunately, he said these words in German, a language that the nurse did not speak.

How accurate is this? More reliable sources on Einstein's death say he went out with "I want to go home" or a paragraph of writing on the tragedy of war.

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    It's been a while since I read it but I'm fairly sure that Abraham Pais' biography "Subtle is the Lord" mentions the non-comprehending nurse. – TheMathemagician Apr 12 '16 at 15:52

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