The Nazi Rocketeers: Dreams of Space and Crimes of War

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Stackpole Books, Nov 15, 2006 - History - 250 pages
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Wernher von Braun is known to many as a brilliant pioneer of rocketry who left Germany in 1945 to become a key advisor in America's space program. Until now, few realize the bloody legacy he left behind. The Nazi Rocketeers tells the story of how von Braun and his fellow scientists abandoned their initial dreams of space exploration in favor of creating the devastating V-2 ballistic missile. This weapon enabled the Nazis to precipitate mass destruction and loss of life. Contrary to previous accounts, this history proves that von Braun and his colleagues were not forced under duress to turn their rockets into weapons of war. They were, in fact, highly ambitious members of the Nazi movement who willingly put their creation to lethal use. In return, honors were bestowed on them from the Third Reich and Hitler himself. Perhaps the most shocking revelation is the collaboration between the scientists and the SS in the exploitation of concentration camp slave labor for the building of the V-2 missiles. In addition to addressing an overlooked portion of World War II study, this book is a sobering testament to the consequences of corrupted genius.
 

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Medical-products scientist Piszkiewicz tells how the dream of space exploration was perverted by the complicity of its developers in Nazi military goals. It is a sickening story, and after reading it ... Read full review

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The German rocket pioneers, led by Wernher von Braun, were inspired originally by dreams of spaceflight in 1930s Weimar Republic. But the combination of economic depression and the enormous expense of ... Read full review

Contents

DREAMS AND ILLUSIONS
2
Casualties of the Blitzkrieg
52
The Men Who Built
61
The First Spaceship and the Fuehrers Dream
71
The Flames of Peenemunde
107
Vengeance Weapon2
164
Hitlers Solution to Defeat
186
A Refuge and a Trap
197
DEFEAT AND TRIUMPH
204
Times Vengeance on the Nazi Rocketeers
229
Index
245
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Dennis Piszkiewicz is a scientist and college teacher. He has also written Wernher von Braun: The Man Who Sold the Moon (0-275-96217-2).

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