This interview took place in his office at the University of Bonn on 1 August, 2008 Do you have any comments on the chapters and interviews that we sent you? I had an opportunity to read one of the interviews. I was overall impressed and thought what I have read was very well done. Very interesting to read, so far there is nothing that I disagree with. I’m impressed. Let’s start out with some autobiographical information. I was born on October 5, 1930 in Breslau in Lower Silesia. At that time it was part of Germany and only German was spoken. After the war Breslau became part of Poland and its name was changed to Wrocław. I didn’t want to visit the city because I thought people speaking a foreign language, in this case Polish, it would feel awkward and I would feel not at ease. But later, this is after I won the Nobel Prize, I went to visit. I was surprised once I was there. There was still enough familiarity where I could find my way around. I got a guide and we went around to my childhood places. Of the four, one survived, but one street had vanished. I was surprised by the attitude of the people; they had a strong identification with historical Lower Silesia, even though they were Polish. There was a feeling of local continuity. I was surprised – the population changed but the feeling of the place did not change that much. They...
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