Cautionary Tales – The V2 Trilogy

We’re releasing an epic three-part sequence concerning the V2 rocket – a terrifying and in addition bafflingly costly weapon. How did Nazi Germany ever resolve to construct such a factor, and what does it train us about grandiose tasks in the present day? Additionally – what does the shameful underbelly of the V2 programme inform us about complicity in essentially the most dreadful crimes?

The complete sequence is out there to Pushkin+ subscribers. I’ve been engaged on it for greater than a 12 months, and I’m very happy with the outcomes. In the event you’re not a paying subscriber (and I perceive, it’s not for everybody) you then would possibly nonetheless get pleasure from in the present day’s impassioned dialogue with our in-house WWII professional, founding producer Ryan Dilley, that includes contributions from Tom Lehrer.

A full episode can be on the principle ad-supported feed subsequent week, by no means concern.

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Additional studying

Important sources for this sequence:

Murray Barber V2: The A4 Rocket from Peenemunde to Redstone

Norman Longmate Hitler’s Rockets

Jean Michel Dora

Michael Neufeld The Rocket and the Reich

Michael Neufeld Von Braun: Dreamer of House, Engineer of Struggle

Michael Neufeld additionally kindly agreed to be interviewed as background for the sequence.

Different sources embrace:

RV Jones Most Secret Struggle

Steven Zaloga V1 Flying Bomb 1942-52

Steven Zaloga V2 Ballistic Missile 1942-52

Freeman Dyson Disturbing the Universe

Walter Dornberger V2

Daniel Lang “A Romantic UrgeThe New Yorker 21 April 1950

Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner How Large Issues Get Performed

Diane Tedeschi interview with Michael Neufeld Smithsonian Journal 1 Jan 2008

Michael Neufeld “Wernher von Braun, the SS and Focus Camp Labor: Questions of Ethical, Political and Legal Duty.” German Research Evaluation. 25:57–78. 2002

Adam Tooze Wages of Destruction

Dean Reuter The Hdden Nazi

Brian Crim Our Germans

Annie Jacobsen Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Introduced Nazi Scientists to America

Steve Ossad “The Liberation of Nordhausen Focus Camp

Amy Shira Teitel “The Nazi Smoke and Mirrors Escape That Launched American Into The House AgeMotherboard, 15 September 2012


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