Wernher von Braun, the SS, and Concentration Camp Labor: Questions of Moral, Political, and Criminal Responsibility

  title={Wernher von Braun, the SS, and Concentration Camp Labor: Questions of Moral, Political, and Criminal Responsibility},
  author={Michael J. Neufeld},
  journal={German Studies Review},
  • M. Neufeld
  • Published 1 February 2002
  • History
  • German Studies Review
Dr. Wernher von Braun (1912-1977), the German-American rocket engineer and space visionary, is often depicted in white or black, saint or devil terms. In the eyes of his associates and hero-worshippers, he is still seen as an apolitical space enthusiast who was not a "real" Nazi and had nothing to do with the crimes of the Third Reich-indeed he was arrested by the Gestapo and held for two weeks in 1944.* Many critics and many survivors of the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp, on the other hand… 

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Neufeld movement of the late Weimar republic

  • 1937

197n69. 30 "Sadron (Charles, Louis)," Who's Who in France, 1969-70 edition (Paris, 1969); Clayton Koppes, JPL and the American Space Program (New Haven, 1982)

  • chap. 1
  • 1982

writings, and private letters of the 1940s and 1950s come from my ongoing biographical research

  • 1950

The Rocket and the Reich, 227-28; Eisfeld, Mondsuchtig, 129-30, who does not offer specific comment, but also does not set von Braun's silence in context

  • Rickhey," NASM FE microfilm,
  • 1944