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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.139) 1941
My Dear Li

Werner Heisenberg

Elisabeth Heisenberg

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

This chapter illustrates the difficulties experienced by the Heisenbergs within and outside of the domestic sphere as the war progressed. With the exception of one letter from Werner in which he reports on a trip to Budapest at the end of April 1941, the letters begin in June and end at around October. Unfortunately, many of Elisabeth’s letters from this year have been lost, which is likely due to the fact that Werner has been unable to keep his wife’s letters safe during his frequent travels between Leipzig and Berlin. Many of the couple’s letters from this year reflect ongoing dire conditions. They speak of health problems and lack of energy. Werner misses his family; his university activities seem fruitless and nonsensical. He prefers to retreat to the privacy of his writing on philosophy.

Keywords:   World War II, health problems, Niels Bohr, Leipzig, 1941, wartime deaths

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