Tuesday, June 15, 2010

FBI file on Wernher von Braun

The FBI’s “Electronic Reading Room” has scores of case files and thousands of documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies, including more than 300 pages from the file on famed German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, who was a proponent of a manned mission to Mars back in the 1950's. At quick glance, the file contains information about von Braun's personal life, his involvement in secret Nazi science projects, death threats against von Braun and President Nixon, protests of von Braun by groups representing Holocaust survivors, and possible sabotage of the United States space program! Some things have been redacted, but this still makes for fascinating reading.

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