Werner Heisenberg lived through two World Wars

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Werner Heisenberg lived through two World Wars, in the losing country both times and  on the decidedly morally objectionable side the second time. The questions will always  surround his career: why did he remain in Germany, and why did he choose physics  over ethics? The aftermath of World War I meant economic and political instability in Germany. Fear  of communism left the nation in a state of paranoia. Rising inflation put all families in  distress. Heisenberg himself was sent to a farm for one summer where he experienced  hard labor for the first time. Political instability and general disillusionment also drove  him to the youth movement, retreating along with many of Germany's young people. The  activities of this youth movement taught Heisenberg to question tradition, a skill that  would prove invaluable for his scientific career. Despite the disrupting influence of the war, Heisenberg managed to achieve a world-
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