Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On November 16

On this day in ...
... 1945 (65 years ago today), 88 German scientists, most of whom had served in the Nazi regime, secretly were brought to the United States in order to help with U.S. rocket technology production. The admission came despite controversy because of U.S. fears that the Soviet Union was "also utilizing captured German scientists for the same end," given the destructive success of German rockets like the "V-1 Flying Bomb" above left. As noted by this site:

The situation pointed out one of the many ironies connected with the Cold War. The United States and the Soviet Union, once allies against Germany and the Nazi regime during World War II, were now in a fierce contest to acquire the best and brightest scientists who had helped arm the German forces in order to construct weapons systems to threaten each other.

(Prior November 16 posts are here, here, and here.)

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