Bohr watched the Nazis' rise to power with great unease, even as the rest of the world dismissed them as ultimately harmless. In 1933 Hitler became chancellor of Germany, and racial laws barring Jews from public posts were soon announced. Immediately Bohr took action to aid German scientists. On one visit, he met Otto Frisch, who was the nephew of Bohr's colleague, Lise Meitner. Frisch had shown great promise, having published a few important papers at a young age, but he naturally felt anxiety about the threat that the Nazis posed to his career and welfare. Frisch later recalled that Bohr seemed like a kindly father as he smiled and expressed the hope that Frisch would come to work in Copenhagen. That night Frisch wrote to his mother to relieve her own fears, seeing Bohr's intervention as an act of "the good Lord." Bohr continued to travel through Germany and spread the word that Copenhagen was
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