Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Space Explorers & Workers
  The Rest of the (V-2) Rocket Scientists

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   The Rest of the (V-2) Rocket Scientists
SpaceAholic
Member

Posts: 3023
From: Sierra Vista, Arizona
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 10-22-2012 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From 2003, an Air & Space magazine article on the V-2 rocket scientists who signed up with the Soviets.
Few took the bait. One who did was Helmut Gröttrup, a physicist by training and a top expert on the V-2's flight control system. Historians have debated why Gröttrup turned down the offer to work in the United States, suggesting that it was a combination of his leftist views and his refusal to become a bit player on von Braun's team. Chertok thinks the primary reason was Gröttrup's wish — and the even stronger desire of his wife Irmgard — to stay in Germany. He doesn’t discount, however, the scientist’s left-wing politics. "He was what we would call a social democrat — definitely anti-fascist," Chertok recalls.

For whatever combination of reasons, Gröttrup signed up with the Soviets, who established a rocket research institute in the town of Bleicherode, not far from the Mittelwerk plant...

Dirk
Member

Posts: 575
From: Belgium
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 10-22-2012 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dirk   Click Here to Email Dirk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You find a lot of information in Grottrup's diary: "Rocket Wife".

Original title: "Die Besessenen und die Mächtigen im Schatten der rote Rakete". (Steingrüben Verlag, Stuttgart)

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2012 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement