While the physics community was thriving, Germany was not making the situation easy for its scientists. One by one, many of Heisenberg's most celebrated colleagues were resigning–whether voluntarily or because they were forced–and leaving the country. Non-Jewish scientists were leaving as well, whether in protest or in fear of worsening conditions in Germany. Moreover, Nazi propagandists were attempting to discredit Einstein's relativity as "Jewish physics" and saw Heisenberg–who defended the work, if not explicitly the man–as carrying the "Jewish spirit." The crusade, led by Nobel Prize-winning experimentalists whose work had become obsolete, turned against theory itself, undermining everything for which Heisenberg had worked. It was at this point that Heisenberg had to make his crucial decision of whether to stay or go, and he chose to remain in Germany. Perhaps the only explanation is that he
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