Catharsis. -- I am often asked why I left Cambridge for Vienna. I usually reply with a potpourri of “sensible” reasons: house prices, salaries, teaching loads, etc. All this is true, but it is not the “whole truth” or even the most important one. Perhaps it is time to finally come clean on the issue. – We have to go back to the 1997, my first year in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. A couple of weeks into the job, the “UTOs” (i.e. the university teaching officers) in HPS held a “retreat”. The first topic to be discussed was the allocation of offices in our building, and the department’s efforts to gain an extra room from the neighbouring unit. Suddenly one of the senior people pointed out that someone had to explain the whole issue to me. And he proceeded to do it himself. I felt grateful for what struck me as a considerate gesture. Alas, and to my horror, I quickly realized that the intent was the exact opposite. His “explanation” modelled the department’s efforts to expand on the Nazis’ occupation of the Sudetenland, the Czech Republic and Poland. Just to make sure I, as a German, would have a way of understanding the problem. Everyone else in the room thought this was hilarious. I froze. To this day I berate myself for not having protested. Anyway, it was at that moment that I recognized that sooner or later I would have to leave. – Confession over.