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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