AUTHORSime, Ruth Lewin
TITLELise Meitner’s Escape from Germany
PERIODICAL TITLEAmerican Journal of Physics
DATE PUBLISHED1990
VOLUME NUMBER58
ISSUE NUMBER3 (March)
PAGE NUMBERS262-267
ISSN0002-9505


This article describes the story of Jewish atomic physicist Lise Meitner’s secret departure from Nazi Germany soon before the outbreak of World War II and the difficulties she encountered trying to leave. Using original documents, including letters and diaries, the author presents a thorough picture of her escape, as well as a brief review of Meitner’s life up to the time of Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938. The bulk of the article focuses on the time after that annexation until Meitner’s safe arrival in Stockholm after escaping from Germany. Preparations for her escape are detailed, and several of her colleagues and friends are mentioned, including Niels Bohr, Otto Hahn, and Peter Debye.


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