The allegations of sabotage carry little weight. They had the classification (uk) not (uk, indispensable) and not even Kurt Diebner, managing director of the KWIP, could stop their call-up. [100][101], Von Ardenne, who had worked on isotope separation for the Reichspostministerium (Reich Postal Ministry), was also sent to the Soviet Union to work on their atomic bomb project, along with Gustav Hertz, Nobel laureate and director of Research Laboratory II at Siemens, Peter Adolf Thiessen, director of the Kaiser-Wilhelm Institut für physikalische Chemie und Elektrochemie (KWIPC, Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry and Electrochemisty, today the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society), and Max Volmer, director of the Physical Chemistry Institute at the Berlin Technische Hochschule (Technical University of Berlin), who all had made a pact that whoever first made contact with the Soviets would speak for the rest. The timing of this cut fits with the pressures Germany faced in the war at the time, as resources had to be allocated to the immediate war effort. The Allies and Norwegians had sabotaged Norwegian heavy water production and destroyed stocks of heavy water by 1943. Letter to Bernhard Rust, 20 January 1942. Join Today as an Atomic History Patron Member, Alex Wellerstein "Historical thoughts on Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen". The U.S. forced Wernher von Braun and Werner Heisenberg, two key scientists in the German nuclear project, to collaborate. See also Manfred von Ardenne, Hentschel and Hentschel, 1996, Appendix E; see the entry for, An Italian working in Rome, Fermi left after anti-semitic policies were introduced in Italy, The eight students, assistants, and colleagues of the theoretical physicist Max Born who left Europe found work on the. Another problem was coordination among different departments. The most influential people were Kurt Diebner, Abraham Esau, Walther Gerlach, and Erich Schumann. The program was split up among nine major institutes where the directors dominated the research and set their own objectives. The German Atomic Bomb: The History of Nuclear Research in Nazi Germany: David John Cawdell Irving: 9780306801983: Books - Amazon.ca [3] Their article was published on 6 January 1939. Riehl also recalled long after the war that the Soviets knew precisely why the Americans had bombed the facility—the attack had been directed at them rather than the Germans. The consequences to physics in Germany and its subfield of nuclear physics were multifaceted. The German government ultimately decided that with the uncertainty surrounding the bomb project, it was not worth the gamble. [10][20][21] The dominant personnel, facilities, and areas of research were:[22][23][24], The point in 1942 when the army relinquished control of the project was its zenith in terms of the number of personnel devoted to the effort, and this was no more than about seventy scientists, with about forty devoting more than half their time to nuclear fission research. The Allied bombing of the plant was dramatized in the 2015 TV miniseries “The Heavy Water War” by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. ", (June 2008) Annotated bibliography on the German atomic bomb project from the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues, Institute for Physics Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Universität Hamburg, Department of Physical Chemistry, Universität Leipzig, Institute for Physics; Institute for Theoretical Physics, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=German_nuclear_weapons_program&oldid=992468204, Articles containing explicitly cited English-language text, Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from July 2020, Wikipedia articles containing unlinked shortened footnotes, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Nazi A-Bomb strike at Kursk was intended to be 30 KT, twice the yield of the Hiroshima A-Bomb. Hentschel, Klaus (editor) and Ann M. Hentschel (editorial assistant and translator), Albrecht, Ulrich, Andreas Heinemann-Grüder, and Arend Wellmann, Heisenberg, Werner, introduction by David Cassidy, translation by William Sweet, Hoffmann, Dieter and Mark Walker (editors), This page was last edited on 5 December 2020, at 12:27. [104], The United States, British, and Canadian governments worked together to create the Manhattan Project that developed the uranium and plutonium atomic bombs. On 24 April 1939, along with his teaching assistant Wilhelm Groth, Harteck made contact with the Reichskriegsministerium (RKM, Reich Ministry of War) to alert them to the potential of military applications of nuclear chain reactions. Hitler responded with a rant against Jews and Planck could only remain silent and then take his leave. Britain and the United States were often the recipients of the talent which left Germany. 1943? In June 1942, some six months before the American Chicago Pile-1 achieved man-made criticality for the first time anywhere, Döpel's "Uran-Maschine" was destroyed by a chemical explosion introduced by oxygen,[118] which finished the work on this topic at Leipzig. The German invasion in June 1941 temporarily halted the nuclear program and caused the rearrangement of research priorities to the disadvantage of atomic bombs, at least for the time being. [27] The reorganization was done under the initiative of Minister Albert Speer of the RMBM; it was necessary as the RFR under Bernhard Rust the Minister of Science, Education and National Culture was ineffective and was not achieving its purpose. While being held at Farm Hall, physicist Horst Korsching noted, “the Americans are capable of real cooperation on a tremendous scale.” He added, however, that it “would have been impossible in Germany. “I don't believe a word of the whole thing,” declared Werner Heisenberg, the scientific head of the German nuclear program, after hearing the news that the United States had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. After this, informal work began at the Georg-August University of Göttingen by Joos, Hanle, and their colleague Reinhold Mannkopff; the group of physicists was known informally as the first Uranverein (Uranium Club) and formally as Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kernphysik. Politicization of the German academia under the Nazi regime had driven many physicists, engineers, and mathematicians out of Germany as early as 1933. The nuclear device, about which the German authors speak, was probably even less powerful than the smallest known nuclear tactical weapon in the Western arsenal, the XW-54 Davy Crocket. Significant work on the German project was halted in June of 1942. NAZI leaders were kept in the dark about how far Germany’s nuclear physicists had got in their work on an atomic bomb. This was the first accident that disrupted a nuclear energy assembly; cf. As one German scientist exclaimed, it must have taken "factories large as the United States to make that much uranium-235!". Also see footnote No. The most influential people in the Uranverein were Kurt Diebner, Abraham Esau, Walther Gerlach, and Erich Schumann; Schumann was one of the most powerful and influential physicists in Germany. Bernstein, 2001, 212 and footnote No. On 1 April 1935 Arnold Sommerfeld, Heisenberg's teacher and doctoral advisor at the University of Munich, achieved emeritus status. Attachment II: Publications Against Modern Theoretical Physics. Realistically, based on the timeline of the atomic bomb creation, there seemed little chance that Germany would be a viable target. [65] While some with ability joined such organizations out of tactical career considerations, others with ability and adherence to historical academic standards joined these organizations to moderate their activities. Historians continue to debate what would have happened had the Germans invested significant resources in their nuclear program, and if it could have changed the outcome of the war. Not only was heavy water a less effective moderator than graphite, it made the German program reliant on the Norwegian plant. 290–292. Walker, 1993, 268–274 and Reference No. This typically meant getting to these resources first, which to some extent put the Soviets at a disadvantage in some geographic locations easily reached by the Western Allies, even if the area was destined to be in the Soviet zone of occupation by the Potsdam Conference. He was director of the Physics Department II at the Frederick William University (later, University of Berlin), which was commissioned and funded by the Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH, Army High Command) to conduct physics research projects. [50] Otto Robert Frisch, who with Rudolf Peierls first calculated the critical mass of U-235 needed for an explosive, was also a Jewish refugee. They did not suffer from a shortage of capable scientists. The bigger problem, however, lay in lack of support. Individual reports are cited on the pages for some of the research participants in the Uranverein; see for example Friedrich Bopp, Kurt Diebner, Klara Döpel, Robert Döpel, Siegfried Flügge, Paul Harteck, Walter Herrmann, Karl-Heinz Höcker, Fritz Houtermans, Horst Korsching, Georg Joos, Heinz Pose, Carl Ramsauer, Fritz Strassmann, Karl Wirtz, and Karl Zimmer. Shelves: history, nuclear-technology While reading Neil Bascombs book The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb, I learned that, having ruled out graphite as a moderator, German scientists performing atomic research were limited to heavy water. As Chief of Foreign Intelligence in the Manhattan Project, Robert Furman coordinated and was a part of the Alsos Mission, conducting epsionage missions across Europe to interrogate Italian and German scientists, locate uranium, and determine how far the Nazis had proceeded with their atomic bomb project. Copyright © 2019 by the Atomic Heritage Foundation. In 1935, the Munich Faculty drew up a candidate list to replace Sommerfeld as ordinarius professor of theoretical physics and head of the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Munich. Over 100,000 German translations of English words and phrases. The Munich Faculty was firmly behind these candidates, with Heisenberg as their first choice. Hentschel and Hentschel, 1996, 363–364 and Appendix F; see the entries for Esau, Harteck and Joos. The politicization of the education system essentially replaced academic tradition and excellence with ideological adherence and trappings, such as membership in National Socialist organizations, such as the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP, National Socialist German Workers Party), the Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Dozentenbund (NSDDB, National Socialist German University Lecturers League), and the Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund (NSDStB, National Socialist German Student League). None of the other German scientists interned in Farm Hall ever mentioned anything about Germany almost building an atomic bomb during the war. Unconditional government support from a certain point in time. However, this was realized by the Fermi group in December 1942, so that the German advantage was definitively lost, even with respect to research on energy production. By Ray Furlong. Furthermore, combined with the Deutsche Physik movement, the damaging effects were intensified and prolonged. [46] Qualitatively, 11 physicists and four chemists who had won or would win the Nobel Prize emigrated from Germany shortly after Hitler came to power, most of them in 1933. One of the 664 two-inch uranium cubes produced in Nazi Germany during a failed attempt to create a nuclear reactor in World War II. After reading a June 1939 paper by Siegfried Flügge, on the technical use of nuclear energy from uranium,[12][13] Nikolaus Riehl, the head of the scientific headquarters at Auergesellschaft, recognized a business opportunity for the company, and in July he went to the HWA (Heereswaffenamt, Army Ordnance Office) to discuss the production of uranium. During this time, Heisenberg came under vicious attack by the supporters of Deutsche Physik. J. Robert Oppenheimer later recalled, “Bohr had the impression that they came less to tell what they knew than to see if Bohr knew anything that they did not; I believe it was a standoff.” As his son Aage Bohr explained, “He had the impression that Heisenberg thought that the new possibilities could decide the outcome of the war if the war dragged on” (Rhodes 385). Tour some of the key locations of the Manhattan Project with an audio guide. The Manhattan Project consumed some US$2 billion (1945) in government funds, and employed at its peak some 120,000 people, mostly in the sectors of construction and operations. Some of them, such as Heisenberg, Kurt Diebner, and Carl von Weiszacker were directly involved in the project, while others, such as Otto Hahn and Max von Laue, were only suspected and later proven to have not been involved. Most important was their experimental proof of an effective neutron increase in April 1942. Harteck believed that if Hertz had had a leading position "the first working reactor in the world would have been built in Germany, and perhaps the thermal diffusion process would have been achieved". [10][11][16], Heisenberg said in 1939 that the physicists at the (second) meeting said that "in principle atomic bombs could be made.... it would take years.... not before five." Attachment I: American Physics Outdoes German Physics. [25], On 4 June 1942, a conference regarding the project, initiated by Albert Speer as head of the "Reich Ministry for Armament and Ammunition" (RMBM: Reichsministerium für Bewaffnung und Munition; after late 1943 the Reich Ministry for Armament and War Production), decided on its continuation merely for the aim of energy production. The United States government remained equally afraid. Müller died on the Russian front, but Höcker was repatriated in poor health in 1942. However, supporters of Deutsche Physik and elements in the REM had their own list of candidates and the battle commenced, dragging on for over four years. Nevertheless, the reaction of Heisenberg illustrates just how far the German program came from actually developing a nuclear weapon. Paul Peter Ewald, a member of the Uranverein, had proposed an electromagnetic isotope separator, which was thought applicable to 235U production and enrichment. The United States was in a race to develop an atomic bomb believing whoever had the bomb first would win the war. Günter Wirths, while not a member of the Uranverein, worked for Riehl at the Auergesellschaft on reactor-grade uranium production and was also sent to the Soviet Union. Operations directed specifically towards German nuclear fission were Operation Alsos and Operation Epsilon, the latter being done in collaboration with the British. The petition, a letter and six attachments,[71] addressed the atrocious state of physics instruction in Germany, which Ramsauer concluded was the result of politicization of education. Bombarding uranium with neutrons could transform the material into a smaller element, barium. Numerically, it has been estimated that a total of 1,145 university teachers, in all fields, were driven from their posts, which represented about 14% of the higher learning institutional staff members in 1932–1933. This initiative led, later in the year, to the Second Uranverein. The politicization of the universities, along with the demands for manpower by the German armed forces (many scientists and technical personnel were conscripted, despite possessing useful skills), substantially reduced the number of able German physicists.[2]. Eugene Wigner – Director of Theoretical Studies, John von Neumann – LASL consultant on implosion mechanism for the plutonium bomb. Nine of the prominent German scientists who published reports in Kernphysikalische Forschungsberichte as members of the Uranverein[82] were picked up by Operation Alsos and incarcerated in England under Operation Epsilon: Erich Bagge, Kurt Diebner, Walther Gerlach, Otto Hahn, Paul Harteck, Werner Heisenberg, Horst Korsching, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, and Karl Wirtz. During the meeting, Planck told Hitler that forcing Jewish scientists to emigrate would mutilate Germany and the benefits of their work would go to foreign countries. Finally, on February 28, 1943, a Norwegian commando raid destroyed the facility’s heavy water section in Operation Gunnerside, resulting in the loss of 500kg of heavy water. Heisenberg's 1941 meeting in Copenhagen with Niels Bohr, who would later work on the Manhattan Project, was dramatized in the 1998 play Copenhagen. Two factors which had deleterious effects on the nuclear weapon project were the politicization of the education system under National Socialism and the rise of the Deutsche Physik movement, which was anti-Semitic and had a bias against theoretical physics, especially quantum mechanics.[44]. In fact, a rehearsal for Trinity – America’s first atomic bomb test detonation – was conducted on May 7, 1945, the very day that Germany surrendered. To Heisenberg, Himmler said the letter came on recommendation of his family and he cautioned Heisenberg to make a distinction between professional physics research results and the personal and political attitudes of the involved scientists. After this the number diminished dramatically, and many of those not working with the main institutes stopped working on nuclear fission and devoted their efforts to more pressing war related work. By Dan Charles. The exploitation teams were under the Soviet Alsos and they were headed by Lavrentij Beria's deputy, Colonel General A. P. Zavenyagin. Diebner, throughout the life of the nuclear weapon project, had more control over nuclear fission research than did Walther Bothe, Klaus Clusius, Otto Hahn, Paul Harteck, or Werner Heisenberg.[35][36]. During the Manhattan Project, he led a team whose task was to design nuclear reactors to convert uranium into weapons grade plutonium. Nevertheless, German politicians have continued to assert that their eventual goal is the "withdrawal of tactical nuclear weapons stationed in Germany and Europe. He financed the laboratory with income he received from his inventions and from contracts with other concerns. Despite some misgivings about building a bomb, throughout the war Heisenberg maintained a genuine loyalty to his country. Following their invasion of Norway in 1940, the Germans assumed control of the Norsk Hydro heavy water plant at Vemork. Heisenberg's efforts were derailed in part by his decision to use heavy water instead of graphite as a "moderator" to slow and control the fission process. The Germans never achieved a successful chain reaction, had no method of enriching uranium, and never seriously considered plutonium as a viable substitute. Subsequently, the number of scientists working on applied nuclear fission began to diminish, with many applying their talents to more pressing war-time demands. [28] The hope was that Göring would manage the RFR with the same discipline and efficiency as he had the aviation sector. [53][54][55][56][57], Politicization of the academic community, combined with the impact of the Deutsche Physik movement, and other policies such as drafting physicists to fight in the war, had the net effect of bringing about a missing generation of physicists. Hentschel and Hentschel, 1996, Appendix F; see entry for Ardenne. An immediate consequence upon passage of the law was that it produced both quantitative and qualitative losses to the physics community. A substantial number eventually came to the United States to work on the Manhattan Project. Walker, 1993, 52 and Reference No. A German historian has claimed in … By 1944, however, the evidence was clear: the Germans had not come close to developing a bomb and had only advanced to preliminary research. Max Planck, the father of quantum theory, had been right in assessing the consequences of National Socialist policies. [69] While the technical outcome may have been thin, it was a political victory against deutsche Physik. 2, in Moscow, and included Yulij Borisovich Khariton, Isaak Konstantinovich Kikoin, and Lev Andreevich Artsimovich. Germany had a significant head start over the Manhattan Project as well as some of the best scientists, a strong industrial base, sufficient materials, and the interest of its military officers. For the Manhattan Project, the second condition was met on 9 October 1941 or shortly thereafter. See also the entry for the KWIP in Appendix A and the entry for the HWA in Appendix B. sfn error: no target: CITEREFErmenc1989 (. The politicization can be illustrated with the conflict which evolved when a replacement for Arnold Sommerfeld was sought in view of his emeritus status. Two days earlier, Joos and Hanle had approached the REM, leading to the First Uranverein. The first successful test detonation, the Trinity Test, in New Mexico only occurred on July 16, 1945. By the end of the war, the number recalled had reached 15,000. The German nuclear weapons program (German: Uranprojekt; informally known as the Uranverein; English: Uranium Club) was an unsuccessful scientific effort led by Germany to research and develop atomic weapons during World War II. At times all parties were heavy-handed in their pursuit and denial to others. [29][30][31][32], Speer states that the project to develop the atom bomb was scuttled in the autumn of 1942. Von Ardenne attracted top-notch personnel to work in his facility, such as the nuclear physicist Fritz Houtermans, in 1940. Unfortunately for the Soviets, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Physik (KWIP, Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics) had mostly been moved in 1943 and 1944 to Hechingen and its neighboring town of Haigerloch, on the edge of the Black Forest, which eventually became the French occupation zone. This was picked up by Manfred von Ardenne, who ran a private research establishment. [116][117] At the end of July of the same year, the group around Fermi also succeeded in the neutron increase within a reactor-like arrangement. [93][94][95][96], At the close of World War II, the Soviet Union had special search teams operating in Austria and Germany, especially in Berlin, to identify and obtain equipment, material, intellectual property, and personnel useful to the Soviet atomic bomb project. The use of the term “atomic bomb” in the titles of these books is entirely misleading – an example of advertising hype by German publishing houses. Many top German scientists had left Germany, some of them Jewish émigrés fleeing the new laws of German National Socialism. Hentschel and Hentschel, 1996, 369, Appendix F (see the entry for Nikolaus Riehl), and Appendix D (see the entry for Auergesellschaft). This second Uranverein was formed on 1 September 1939, the day World War II began, and had its first meeting on 16 September 1939. Since the plant was to be in the future Soviet zone of occupation and the Red Army's troops would get there before the Western Allies, General Leslie Groves, commander of the Manhattan Project, recommended to General George Marshall that the plant be destroyed by aerial bombardment, in order to deny its uranium production equipment to the Soviets. In 1944, when most of the KWIP was evacuated to Hechingen in Southern Germany due to air raids on Berlin, he went there too, and he was the Institute's Deputy Director there. He was also head of the research department of the HWA, assistant secretary of the Science Department of the OKW, and Bevollmächtigter (plenipotentiary) for high explosives. Abraham Esau was appointed on 8 December 1942 as Hermann Göring's Bevollmächtigter (plenipotentiary) for nuclear physics research under the RFR; in December 1943, Esau was replaced by Walther Gerlach. On the purely scientific and technical side, did Heisenberg understand accurately how an atomic bomb would work and how to make it? Hentschel and Hentschel, 1996, Appendix C; see the entry for the NSDDB. Paul Harteck was director of the physical chemistry department at the University of Hamburg and an advisor to the Heereswaffenamt (HWA, Army Ordnance Office). the Nazi atomic bomb project. [121], This article is about the World War II weapons project. The HWA eventually provided an order for the production of uranium oxide, which took place in the Auergesellschaft plant in Oranienburg, north of Berlin. [68] As such, he organized the Münchner Religionsgespräche, which took place on 15 November 1940 and was known as the Munich Synod . The work was hampered by war shortages and ultimately ended by the war.[40]. As part of the agreement that allowed West Germany to become a member of NATO under a revised Brussels Treaty, West Germany promised not to develop any chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons. Heisenberg’s frustrations were evident when, at Farm Hall, he remarked, “The point is that the whole structure of the relationship between the scientist and the state in Germany was such that although we were not 100% anxious to do it, on the other hand we were so little trusted by the state that even if we had wanted to do it, it would not have been easy to get it through.”. This led to misinformation and misunderstanding, seen clearly when Hitler suggested to Speer that the bomb “would throw a man off his horse at a distance of over two miles” (Powers 151). Germany for a long time was thought to have fallen short of what was required to make an atomic bomb. Weizsäcker was involved in the German nuclear weapons program as early as August 1939. [72], Near the end of World War II, the principal Allied war powers each made plans for exploitation of German science. The letter to Heisenberg was signed under the closing "Mit freundlichem Gruss und, Heil Hitler!" Furthermore, Speer was reluctant to bring up the bomb project with Hitler himself unless he could produce clear results. It was a German scientist, Otto Hahn, who first split the atom in 1938. Werner Heisenberg, Germany’s leading theoretical physicist, also stated that building an atomic bomb was an industrial problem far beyond Germany’s capabilities during World War II. Graphite (carbon) as an alternative was not considered as Walther Bothe's neutron absorption coefficient value for carbon was too high; probably due to the boron in the graphite pieces having high neutron absorption. The play explores three scenarios where Heisenberg discusses his dilemma with Bohr, but leaves the matter for audiences to decide what Heisenberg actually believed and intended to do. There has been some speculation that the Germans might have tested an atomic bomb near Ohrdruf. “Nazi A-Bomb attack against Russia? However, the replacement of Sommerfeld by Wilhelm Müller on 1 December 1939 was a victory of politics over academic standards. [4] Meitner and her nephew Otto Robert Frisch confirmed Hahn's conclusion of a bursting and correctly interpreted the results as "nuclear fission" – a term coined by Frisch. He said they presented the matter in this way for their personal safety as the probability (of success) was nearly zero, but if many thousands (of) people developed nothing, that could have "extremely disagreeable consequences for us. Hentschel and Hentschel, 1996, Appendix F; see the entry for Schumann. Other scientists left in protest, significantly decreasing the number of experts available to work on a German bomb. All rights reserved. Germany feared that the USA would have one by 1944. On 7 April, the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service was enacted; this law, and its subsequent related ordinances, politicized the education system in Germany. by. [14][15], The second Uranverein began after the HWA squeezed out the Reichsforschungsrat (RFR, Reich Research Council) of the REM and started the formal German nuclear weapons project under military auspices. The HWA was interested and Riehl committed corporate resources to the task. Heisenberg's disbelief after hearing that the United States had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima confirmed in the minds of the Allies that the German effort was never close. ")[53], Overall, the settlement of the Heisenberg affair was a victory for academic standards and professionalism. Hentschel and Hentschel, 1996, Appendix F; see the entry for Bopp. Schumann was one of the most powerful and influential physicists in Germany. The German experiment In 1939, German chemists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann made a landmark discovery. Adding to the capabilities in the final stages of metallic uranium production were the strengths of the Degussa corporation's capabilities in metals production. To limit casualties and loss of equipment, many of these facilities were dispersed to other locations in the later years of the war. Fearing that the Germans would use the heavy water for their atomic bomb program, Allied forces conducted a series of strategic bombings against the plant. German resources were allocated to other priorities. [106][107][108][109] Mutual distrust existed between the German government and some scientists. Transuranic elements and measurement of nuclear constants. 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