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From: Sierra Vista, Arizona
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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...


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From: Belgium
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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)

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