Operation Paperclip. The explosive story of America’s secret post-WWI science programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area In the chaos . Operation Paperclip by Annie Jacobsen The Virus by Janelle Diller Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen Angels Fallen. Operation Paperclip. The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America. by Annie Jacobsen. The explosive story of America’s secret .

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He ended up working in a mental hospital outside Boston in and returned to Germany after the war to operaation and determine which of his former colleagues and students were guilty. Its name derives from the initials of its developers: Did we act any better? This book is not for everyone, one needs to be in the mind space for a history lesson.

Or, in the words of Jean Michel, the ability to take a stand against the monstrous distortion of history when it gives birth to false, foul and suspect myths? However, this still leaves you with some questions. The author tracked 21 of these Nazi scientists. It’s amazing to look back and see what we overlooked to create a space program and what was involved.

It confirms what can only be described as unsavory and sometimes illegal acts that arose out of Cold War paranoia to justify protecting some of the worst creatures ever to have lived on the planet at any time in recorded history and permit them to work and live in the U. Quotes from Operation Papercl First, the reader is initially bombarded by names, including those of scientists, concentration camps, work locations, prisons, and Allied groups and individuals investigating Nazi scientists.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. After this work, the only thing that might need to be done to complete the study would be to update it based on release of new information currently classified as secret or higher. During the push East, these units were often sent into harms way at the same time as infantry and armored units in order to seize critical infrastructure that likely held key personnel and technological advances.


These were men who negotiated and oversaw slave labor contracts with Hitler’s SS which received 3 Reichsmarks per day for each slave laborer held in a concentration camp who worked in IG Farben and other armaments and industrial plants.

Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

We know the benefit of the work by the rocket scientist in developing the Saturn rocket. But then I am a history buff and a genealogist.

She tells the story chronologically rather than organizing it by individual. Although I was aware that certain top German scientists were shepherded to the United States to continue their research, I had no idea that annoe total numbered was in the thousands!!

Less well known is that another fellow German scientists, engineers, and technicians developed the Saturn V launch vehicle, or that jacbosen Launch Operations Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, was headed by Kurt Debus, an ardent Nazi. It provides a profound insight into just how far reaching operation paperclip was, and the effect it had on the cold war.

We also meet Americans such as John J. McCloy, who granted clemency to Germans convicted at Nuremberg.

For American officials following the war it was easy to dismiss evidence because in their eyes American national security interests trumped any documents that might interfere with their goal of using Nazi papsrclip and medical advances to further the American agenda against the Soviet Union. Macobsen after the war hundr Nazi scientists who worked in slave labor factories and performed deadly medical experiments on prisoners are war criminals by any decent jacpbsen definition.

In the Nuremberg trials convicted many of the Nazi leadership for crimes against humanity. Most of the documents from which the author culls her facts were not released until recently and some still have not been released to ensure that the identity of these war crimes’ authors of the Nazis brought to this country are likely to be dead when those documents finally see the light of day. In this regard, Kacobsen von Braun came to mind.

With the cold war set to start, some Germ As the Second World War in Europe drew to a close the Allies started to hunt down Nazi war criminals and top German scientists. Only a handful stood trial for their crimes, often many years after the war, and most were given lenient sentences or clemency.


Kennan correctly it’s “Kennan,” not “Keenan,” p. The general facts are well-known and Jacobsen provides riveting details, not new revelations. It was a very turbulent time, and the US sought to buttress defenses against the Soviet Union.

Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip operahion members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents including jacobssn unseen papers made available by direct descendants of the Third Reich’s ranking membersfiles obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and dossiers discovered in government archives and jacohsen Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into a startling, complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secret of the twentieth century.

Review of “Operation Paperclip’’ Annie Jacobsen – The Boston Globe

It was not just chemists the US was interested in. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. They had annoe been caught up in the various trials that went on in Germany after the war, and managed to migrate to this country with our assistance.

Politics does not stand in the way of doing business.

Operation Paperclip | Annie Jacobsen

Also interesting jaclbsen how the Paperclips are almost constantly referenced in Area 51 and yet the Nevada Test Site ranks maybe a paragraph here, barely a footnote in five hundred pages. Some had prosperous new lives as successful engineers and businessmen. Refresh and try again. Such errors do little to boost the writer’s credibility.

To me it is the most detailed story of the war from midway in to past the their final surrender in April of ’45 and beyond!!

This is my grandfather, and it’s lies. Many helped win the conflict in the Pacific and, in time, the Cold War. The book is longbut once ‘hooked’ you will find it difficult to put down.

Walter Schreiber as described by Jacobsen is emblematic of the American governments experience with former ;aperclip scientists after the war.