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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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My Dear Li

Werner Heisenberg

Elisabeth Heisenberg

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

This chapter looks at the Heisenbergs’ correspondence between June and October of 1939. In view of the increasing anticipation of war, Werner travels to America for several weeks, marking the first time since their marriage that the couple has been separated for an extended period. Both strive to share their lives as before—at least through letters. Elisabeth reports on the development of the children and her concerns about finding a new nanny. Werner, for his part, relates his travel impressions in a country that is not yet touched by the military unrest on the other side of the ocean, and tells of his encounters with old and new friends. Neither Werner nor Elisabeth refers to his real reason for the journey, but their worry about an impending war comes through from time to time.

Keywords:   World War II, America, Bavaria, military unrest, 1939, Urfeld, Annie Heisenberg

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