DIRECTORThe History Channel
TITLEThe Boy Who Gave Away The Bomb
RUNNING TIME60 minutes

This film recounts Ted Hall’s activities as a Soviet informant during the Los Alamos project and later at the University of Chicago. His communist sympathies led him to approach the Soviet consulate in New York of his own accord. Eventually the relationship supplied the Soviets with information that helped jumpstart their bomb program. The film finishes by addressing Hall’s current situation, and the fact that he is unlikely to stand trial 50 years after his espionage. The film also treats Lona Cohen (Hall’s contact), Klaus Fuchs (another Los Alamos spy), the Soviet atomic bomb project, and American code-breaking activities. The film supplies ample historical background, both on the situation at Los Alamos and on World War II.

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