Maria Goeppert-Mayer on James Franck

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Maria Goeppert-Mayer“Franck was somebody who was liked by absolutely everybody. When the Nazi doctrines came in everybody said, ‘Franck is an exception,’ even the anti-Semites. Franck of course is something entirely else. You know that Franck resigned. On the basis of the first regulations, he could have stayed. He could have stayed for several reasons, because he had been Professor before a certain date, and because he’d been in the war. But he resigned with an open letter that he was not going to be in the University with discrimination against his race.”

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