Hitler’s Uranium Club: The Secret Recordings at Farm Hall

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2001 - History - 384 pages
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Near the end of World War II, ten of Germany's foremost nuclear physicists, including Werner Heisenberg, were captured by American and British forces, then spirited out of Germany and detained for six months at Farm Hall, an English country house outside Cambridge. The physicians knew that Germany, in spite of its early lead in nuclear research, had failed to develop an atomic bomb or even a self-sustaining reactor. And during their imprisonment they learned - from a BBC radio report on August 6, 1945 - that an Allied atomic bomb project had succeeded where the German effort had failed. What the scientists did not know was that during their detention they were being secretly monitored and recorded by British agents. Farm Hall was a comfortable, even civilized, prison, but it was bugged. This book contains the complete collection of transcripts that were made from the secret 1945 recordings, expertly annotated by Jeremy Bernstein. A startling and sobering set of documents, it provides an unprecedented view into the thoughts and feelings of these scientists as they contemplated the destruction of the Third Reich, the failure of "German Physics," and the roles they had played in the Nazi war effort.
 

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Contents

The Uranium Club
1
BRIEF CHRONOLOGY
57
CAST OF CHARACTERS
61
Settling In
63
I PREAMBLE
65
REPORT 1
77
REPORT 2
89
REPORT 3
107
REPORT 11
261
REPORT 12
267
REPORT 14
269
REPORT 16
271
REPORT 16A
273
REPORT 17
277
A Nobel for Otto Hahn
281
REPORT 18
283

The Bomb Drops
113
REPORT 4
115
APPENDIX 1
141
APPENDIX 2
147
Putting the Pieces Together
151
REPORT 5
153
Appendix to Report 5
191
Looking to the Future
209
REPORT 6
211
REPORT 7
215
REPORT 8
235
Looking Toward Home
245
REPORT 9
247
APPENDIX to Report 9
249
REPORT 10
253
Appendix to Report 18
286
REPORT 19
303
REPORT 20
309
REPORT 21
311
REPORT 22
313
REPORT 2324
315
Aftermaths
317
THE THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR OBTAINING ENERGY FROM FISSION OF URANIUM
337
Original German Text
341
TWO LETTERS FROM MAX VON LAUE TO PAUL ROSBAUD
349
BBC NEWS REPORT LONDON AUGUST 6 1945 900 PM
357
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE TEN DETAINEES
363
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
367
INDEX
373
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