Heisenberg's formative years took place against the backdrop World War I, and in the beginning he may have been caught up in romanticizing warfare, though he would face inevitable disillusionment. After the war, he and many of Germany's youth were left feeling lost and confused. In response, Heisenberg joined various youth movement groups that provided him with a sanctuary. The focus of these groups was not activism; rather, it gave groups of boys the opportunity to discuss philosophy, bond, and find new forms of idealism to replace others that had been destroyed by the war. As a group leader, Heisenberg served as a father figure for many younger boys, and he continued to go on retreats into the 1930s.The war had no small impact on Heisenberg's schooling: he attended the elite Maximilians-Gymnasium, of which his grandfather was rector. Many school resources
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