Friday, June 14, 2024

Cautionary Tales – The V2 Trilogy


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

The complete collection is out there to Pushkin+ subscribers. I’ve been engaged on it for greater than a 12 months, and I’m very pleased with the outcomes. Should you’re not a paying subscriber (and I perceive, it’s not for everybody) then you definitely would possibly nonetheless take pleasure in at the moment’s impassioned dialogue with our in-house WWII knowledgeable, founding producer Ryan Dilley, that includes contributions from Tom Lehrer.

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Additional studying

Important sources for this collection:

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 Area, Engineer of Struggle

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

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 Huge Issues Get Completed

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 Overview. 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 Area AgeMotherboard, 15 September 2012

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