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Meanwhile, Heisenberg's fight for the Munich appointment continued. A petition signed  by nearly all the physicists in Germany had apparently quelled the efforts of Lenard and  Stark to defeat theory in general and Heisenberg in particular. However, Stark made one  final attempt to prevent Heisenberg's formal appointment, publishing an article that  appeared on the day of Heisenberg's arrival in Munich, two weeks before he was to  assume his chair. The article essentially accused him of carrying the "Jewish spirit,"  which was considered worse than simply being Jewish. Heisenberg cleared his name  only after months of struggle and an appeal to Heinrich Himmler, to whose family  Heisenberg was connected through his mother. However, the mere approval of Himmler  would not be enough, for Heisenberg also had to convince his enemies that he was  loyal to the regime. At a time when he likely faced considerable personal danger, he 
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