Economy, Culture, Science + Technology

While the rest of the world languished in the aftermath of the financial collapse of 1929, peacetime Germany under Hitler experienced dramatic growth as an economic power. These years also saw the stellar rise of German science and technology, when Germans developed the jet engine and the rocket engine; by the end of WWII, an inventory of German 'firsts' would include rocket propelled aircraft, ballistic missiles, jet fighters, helicopters, stealth submarines, as well as plans for building space shuttles and stealth bombers; they had also invented nerve gases, discovered nuclear energy, developed coal gasification, invented artificial rubber, the video telephone, the amateur video camera, infrared-based night vision devices, tape recording, TV, live TV, color TV, cable TV, microwave ovens, the anti-baby pill, discovered the link between smoking and lung cancer, built the first computer (Zuse, tube-based), and, last but not least, the electron microscope… A master race after all, perhaps? Hardly, but there is something special about this nation…

Documents in this category

Author Document Language Published
Michaels, D. German Nuclear "Wunderwaffen" in 1945? English 2005-09-01
Michaels, D. ‘Copenhagen’: Uncertainty in Life and in Science English 2002-06-01
Weber, M. Jesse Owens: Myth and Reality English 1984-04-01
Gray, A. A Non-Polemical Look at Wartime Germany's Atomic Bomb Program English 1994-07-01
Charles, A. Wilhelm Furtwängler and Music in the Third Reich English 1998-06-01
Rudolf, G. On Third Reich Flying Saucers, German Physics, and the Perpetuum Mobile English 2003-05-01
Gray, A. Keynes: Revisionist Thinker English 1995-01-01
Chelain, A. Was the Me262 the First Airplane to Break the Sound Barrier? English 2003-02-01
M., G. Letter to the Editor English 2003-11-01
AnswerMan Helicopters at Treblinka? English 1998-01-01
Desjardins, D. The Soviet Union Versus Nazi Germany: Viewpoints from a Democracy English 1999-08-24
Macvie, E. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy English 2011-10-01
Gray, A. Life of a Much-Maligned Conductor Examined in New Biography English 1994-01-01
Stimely, K. The Fuehrer Headquarters 1939-1945 / The Great Age of German Films 1933-1945 English 1984-04-01
Jordan, R. Hitler, the Unemployed and Autarky English 1984-04-01
Tarter, D. Peenemünde and Los Alamos: Two Studies English 1992-01-01
Bolton, K. The Myth of the Big Business-Nazi Axis English 2015-09-04
Countess, R. A deceptive distortion of the German National Railway history English 2002-01-01
Sommers, E. They'd Rather Fight Than Switch English 2000-08-01
Bolton, K. Religion, Mysticism and the Myth of the "Occult Reich" English 2015-11-25
Rudolf, G. The Moon Landing: Fact or Fiction? English 2003-02-01
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