AUTHORBernstein, Jeremy
TITLEHitler's Uranium Club: The Secret Recordings at Farm Hall
PUBLISHERCopernicus Books
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2001
ISBN0-387-95089-3


This book provides new insight about whether the Germans could have produced an atomic weapon of their own during World War II, given their initial technical advantage. During the first few months of Allied occupation in Europe, ten German scientists were detained at Farm Hall in Cambridge, England. Otto Hahn, Max von Laue, Erich Bagge, Kurt Diebner, Walther Gerlach, Paul Harteck, Werner Heisenberg, Carl Friedrich von Weizsacker, Horst Korsching, and Karl Wirtz were secretly observed and recorded by British intelligence during that period. The author compiled the declassified transcript of that surveillance, adding annotations to make the information more comprehensible to the layman. Within those reports are the reactions of the scientists to the atomic attacks on Japan in August 1945. The material is put within its historical context through a chronology, a description of events in the months prior to the taping, biographical sketches, and an epilogue about events following the internment.


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