AUTHORKlotz, Irving M.
TITLECaptives of Their Fantasies: The German Atomic Bomb Scientists
PERIODICAL TITLEJournal of Chemical Education
DATE PUBLISHED1997
VOLUME NUMBER74
ISSUE NUMBER2 (February)
PAGE NUMBERS204-208
ISSN0021-9584
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This article examines Nazi Germany's effort to produce an atomic bomb during World War II and the scientists who participated in it. The author uses transcripts from secret recordings that were made while captured German atomic scientists were confined at Farm Hall, England in the latter stages of World War II. Declassified in 1992, the recordings reveal both the primitive nature of Nazi Germany’s nuclear program and the personalities of those who worked on it. Through the transcripts, the author criticizes the view that German scientists refrained from developing the atomic bomb for Nazi Germany for moral reasons. The article is a valuable resource for anyone researching Germany’s wartime nuclear program or its atomic scientists.


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