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.
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 Urge” The 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 Age” Motherboard, 15 September 2012