Nazis Learn About Nuclear Power from Werner Heisenberg

Nazis Learn About Nuclear Power from Werner Heisenberg

Werner Heisenberg
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

Werner Heisenberg delivers a lecture to officials of the Nazi German government about the release and acquisition of energy from nuclear fission. Heisenbergy was not himself a Nazi, but as a patriot he is committed to helping his nation in a time of war - even if that means possibly helping the Nazis acquire nuclear weapons.

Ultimately the Nazis won't accomplish very much in the quest to develop nuclear weapons. Werner Heisenberg is accomplished as a physicist but he isn't an engineer and doesn't know much about how an atomic bomb would be built. He also doesn't invest much effort into figuring this out, focusing instead on the theoretical side and letting the war go badly for the Nazis.

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