Bavaria found itself in turmoil again as prewar tensions between liberals and socialists returned and escalated. The liberal Heisenbergs had to choose sides, especially when the Bolsheviks became involved. Paranoia soon set in, and more than a thousand suspected communists died in the frenzy. Werner himself had to dodge a blockade to retrieve black-market provisions. Though he chose to focus on his studies rather than join the service, he did serve several brief stints in the military. On one occasion he was assigned to guard a "red" prisoner who was to be tried and executed the next day. The young Heisenberg asked the man his life story, which was probably similar to the standard history of other soldiers, who were more in need of high army wages than truly committed to any political ideology. By the next morning the man had convinced Heisenberg of his innocence, and the latter managed to secure the man's release. The confusion of postwar Germany left many young members of the bourgeoisie
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