The Quantum Exodus

The Quantum Exodus

Jewish Fugitives, the Atomic Bomb, and the Holocaust

Book - 2012
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Oxford University Press
It was no accident that the Holocaust and the Atomic Bomb happened at the same time. When the Nazis came into power in 1933, their initial objective was not to get rid of Jews. Rather, their aim was to refine German culture: Jewish professors and teachers at fine universities were sacked. Atomic science had attracted a lot of Jewish talent, and as Albert Einstein and other quantum exiles scattered, they realized that they held the key to a weapon of unimaginable power. Convinced that their gentile counterparts in Germany had come to the same conclusion, and having witnessed what the Nazis were prepared to do, the exiles were afraid. They had to get to the Atomic Bomb first. The Nazis meanwhile had acquired a more pressing objective: their persecution of the Jews had evolved into extermination. Two dreadful projects - the Bomb and the Holocaust - became locked a grisly race.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
Description: 267 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780199592159
0199592152
Branch Call Number: 623.45119 Fra

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