The following extracts from the introduction to On Max Weber by Karl Jaspers may resonate somewhat with our current situation. Jaspers (1883-1969) was a German existentialist and major philosopher of the twentienth century, says the book jacket.
In 1910 he married a Jewish woman, Gertrud Mayer. … Jaspers remained at Heidelberg until his dismissal by the National Socialists in 1937, reinstated in 1945 by the American occupation authorities. In 1948 he accepted an offer from Basel, teaching there until his retirement in 1961. Jaspers had concluded that Heidelberg was no longer his home. Disappointed by the poor living conditions and by his colleagues’ rejection of of his work on the question of German guilt, he feared the probability of remaining at Heidelberg as an interdicted academic. … Jaspers had hoped that after World War II there would be a truly new beginning in German politics. The task was to establish a new and democratic state, but not even the Basic Law was submitted to a plebiscite. … In June 1967 Jaspers ceased to be a political German; he became a Swiss citizen.
That was two years before his death.