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Werner Heisenberg, Elisabeth Heisenberg, and Anna Maria Hirsch-Heisenberg

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300196931

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300196931.001.0001

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(p.3) 1937
My Dear Li

Werner Heisenberg

Elisabeth Heisenberg

, Anna Maria Hirsch-Heisenberg, Irene Heisenberg
Yale University Press

This chapter recounts the weeks leading up to the wedding of Werner Heisenberg and Elisabeth Schumacher, from March 15 to April 26 of the year 1937. The letters from their period of engagement reveal the couple’s anticipation and preparation for married life in Leipzig. They also mark the beginnings of their mutual correspondence which would last until some time after the end of World War II. The chapter also features a brief letter from Werner to his mother on the matter of his engagement, discussing the chemistry between himself and Elisabeth after having met each other only fourteen days before this correspondence. According to Werner, their “mutual understanding…soon went so deep that it seemed natural […] to ask Elisabeth whether she would like to be with [him] forever.” They would later marry in Berlin on April 29.

Keywords:   Werner Heisenberg, Elisabeth Schumacher, 1937, engagement, Heisenberg wedding, Annie Heisenberg

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