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The Mental AftermathThe Mentality of German Physicists 1945-1949$
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Klaus Hentschel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205660

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205660.001.0001

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Insensitivity In Communicating With EmigréS

Insensitivity In Communicating With EmigréS

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(p.153) 16 Insensitivity In Communicating With EmigréS
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The Mental Aftermath
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KLAUS HENTSCHEL

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205660.003.0016

Immediate hardship in Germany contaminated communications between physicists at home and abroad. But their official or private reactions to emigrés were frequently clumsy and haughty, if not downright offensive. Their insensitivity and tendency to pass over the gruesome regime years as if nothing had happened or to claim ignorance — which was certainly doubtful in the case of project leaders (von Laue, Hahn) — irreparably damaged former friendships. Not having stayed to the bitter end, how could emigré physicists legitimately judge?

Keywords:   insensitivity, ignorance, Max von Laue, Otto Hahn

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