Greater things close to a politicians heart

To end the exodus of their best researchers after Nazis gained power in Germany, the council of the german industry sent Privy Councilor Max Planck to Hitler. The explosive stupidity of his answer already anticipated the destruction that soon followed: “Well, what does it matter if Germany doesn’t have any leading physicists for a generation or so. Greater things are close to my heart, Herr Planck, German racial purity is close to my heart!”

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