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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.31) 1937–38
My Dear Li

Werner Heisenberg

Elisabeth Heisenberg

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

This chapter recounts what little correspondence had passed between the Heisenbergs on their first two years of marriage. During this time the couple has been rarely apart and thus had few occasions to write letters to each other. Furthermore, the letters exchanged during the period December 29, 1937 to May 1, 1938 largely contain scenes of a quiet, domestic happiness, in their attempt to counter the nightmarishly troubled times prevalent in Germany during this period. However, the Heisenbergs’ peaceful domestic scene is not wholly spared of politics: Werner has to continue his fight for his reputation, and his hope of being appointed Arnold Sommerfeld’s successor at the University of Munich remains unfulfilled.

Keywords:   1937, 1938, World War II, Germany, domesticity, University of Munich, politics, Heisenberg family

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