A BOOK FROM BERLIN

I just received a book from Berlin, from my German publisher Thomas Kirschner of Mosquito Verlag. This one has me mightily intrigued, for it's titled Fuer und Wider "Hitlers Bombe": Studien zur Atomforschung in Deutschland, One can guess at the nature of the book with the words "Hitler's Bomb" but the bland subtitle, "Studies in Atomic Research in Germany" does not quite say everything that is in the book. Having just received the book I obviously haven't started to read it, but I have, of course, glanced at the table of contents, and...the cover, which is depicted above.

At first I thought, "Gee, what's a badly-executed 'eye of Horus' doing on the cover of a book about the Nazi a-bomb?" Well, sure, the Eye of Horus is also sometimes the Eye of Ra, and Ra is a sun-god, and ...well, you get the nuclear connection. But why was the eye all blood-shot? I looked closed, and suddenly realized I wasn't looking at the eye of Horus/Ra at all, but at the simplified schematic of an implosion detonator for an atomic bomb!  And the bloodshot eye? The wave-fronts driving the clearly depicted core inward upon itself into supercriticality.

But the real surprises came when I opened the book. One of the first things I always do is to read the table of contents as it lets me see the general shape of the book's argument. Well, if the actual text of the book is anything like the hints dropped in the table of contents, this one is going to be a doozy. The book itself is a collection of short papers edited by Prof. Rainer Karlsch, divided up into topics raised by post-reunification German researchers concerning the actual state of Nazi atomic bomb research during the war.  As anyone who has read my book Reich of the Black Sun will recall, I mentioned two possible Nazi atomic tests...one in October 1944 in the Baltic near the Island of Ruegen, and the other in March 1945 near the troop parade ground of Ohrdruf, a test that posed special problems, not the least of which was the very low critical mass allegedly used for the device, a mass so low that it inevitably implied - if it was successful and an actual atomic test - that the Nazis had pressed the enrichment of isotopes to very extreme degrees, and that they had also pressed the concept of "boosting" to a high degree as well.

A mere glance at the book's table of contents has me salivating: Karlsch himself begins the collection of papers with one entitled "Was gesschah in Maerz 1945? Dokumente and Zeugenaussagen zu den Tests auf dem Truppenuebungsplatz Ohrdruf", What Was Seen in March, 1945? Documents and Witness Testimony Concerning the Tests on the Troop Parade Ground at Orhdruf. This is followed in chapter three by a paper from Vladimir Mineev and Alexander Funtikov entitled "Physikalische Analysen zur Energiefreisetzung bei den deutschen Atomtests von 1945", Physical Analysis of the Liberation of Energy during the German Atomic Tests of 1945. Yet another caught my eye: Heiko Petermann's "Unvergleichbar? Die Luftbildanalysen von White Sands und Ohrdruff" or No Comparison? The Analysis of Aerial Pictures from White Sands and Ohrdruf. And finally, one that literally leaped off the page was Wolfgang Ebsen's paper The Interrogation Report of Rudolf zinsser: Why didn't the American President Fly to London at the End of 1944?

Clearly the Germans are taking the story of wartime atomic research very seriously, and are continuing to raise disturbing questions about the postwar Allied Legend. One might even go so far as to say that this is a kind of "history" or "culture" war, a war over telling the truth - no matter how unpleasant it may be - concerning the strange end of the war in Europe. There will, of course, be a deafening silence to this book on this side of the Atlantic... but such wars are not won with silence or ever-more-studied repetitions of the same old legend. While scholars on this side of the Atlantic are writing books on whether Heisenberg did, or did not, sabotage the Nazi atom bomb, the Germans, Poles, and Russians are unearthing new documents, aerial reconnaissance photographs, and numerous other types of data to recount - to their satisfaction - what was really happening in, and to, their countries during World War Two at the hands of the Nazi regime.

This is not a story that will go away, try as people on this side of the Atlantic may to make it do so....

19 thoughts on “A BOOK FROM BERLIN”

  1. Luftwaffe Over New York, a WW2 Secret

    FEMALE NAZI PILOT INTERVIEWED
    Joseph you should interview

    The comments have you listed as authority ( which you are)

    LINK: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/03/11/86523/

    From the article: “On August 27th 1943, a German Luftwaffe long-range photo reconnaissance bomber, a Junkers Ju-390 took off from its base in Norway and flew out across the Atlantic Ocean. Among its four man crew was a brave and daring woman Anna Kreisling, the ‘White Wolf of the Luftwaffe’. A nickname she had acquired because of her frost blonde hair and icy blue eyes. Anna was one of the top pilots in Germany and even though she was only the co-pilot on this mission, her flying ability was crucial to its success.”

    From Comments: “There’s more about the Ju-390 (and MUCH else besides) in Nick Cook’s “The Hunt for Zero Point.” Cook is a tech writer for Jane’s Defense and he’s highly dependable.

    The New York scouting mission I first heard about from researcher/writer Joseph Farrell but I’m not sure if it was in “The Reich of the Black Sun” or “The SS Brotherhood of the Bell”, both about German deep-secret projects during WWII and full of a lot of surprises.

    Farrell’s research led him to the conclusion that the Germans were certainly planning to bomb NYC, probably with a nuke, and that the Nazi nuclear program was much further along than is officially acknowledged. Because Farrell allows himself lots of lattitude with material that is far from mainstream even now, the conclusions are still up to the reader.

    Farrell is convincing, however. I had never before heard of the u-boat full of enriched uranium captured while heading for Japan before Farrell presented proof of it. He’s like that. His sleuthing talents are strong.

    The Third Reich was quite fragmented before it was defeated. Nick Cook notes that the giant aircraft program (of which Ju-390 was a part) came under Hans Kammler’s special projects group. As the chief of special ops, Kammler seems to have denied use of the Ju-390 to Himmler no less!
    Cook allows the reader to speculate, but Kammler and his ENTIRE STAFF went missing after the war, so not much guessing is needed to assume that the giant aircraft were used to get out of Dodge and set up shop elsewhere, for instance Argentina. Mskes perfect sense. That Kammler and Himmler hated each other is just additional support for what must have been an immense getaway.

    But there’s riddles wrapped in enigmas aplenty whenever the end of WWII comes up. We will probably never know what really happened much less what might have happened.”

  2. Having read Kevin Wilcox’ ‘Japan’s Secret war’, he alludes to the possibility that the Japanese were investigating implosion techniques (outside of Nishina’s work) and death rays.

    If a stronger evidence trail could be established between Germany and the Korean project-well that would be very interesting!

  3. Now that you mention it, Christine, you’re right. That skull certainly doesn’t look too much like a modern homo sapiens.

  4. interesting, at that angle of the photo it is hard to tell about
    skull length or brow ridges, but the nose and jaw and angle
    of forehead suggest a neanderthal!

  5. Dr. Farrell, I just came across an article on a German website where it states that in addition to finding a crystal skull that allegedly once belonged to Heinrich Himmler, there have also been found secret documents which were once in the possession of Hans Kammler. Have you gotten wind of any of this yet?

    Here is the website if you’re interested:

    http://info.kopp-verlag.de/neue-weltbilder/neue-wissenschaften/redaktion/kristallschaedel-von-ss-himmler-in-bayern-entdeckt-.html

    Take care.

  6. I was interested to read the ‘eye’ wasn’t an ‘eye’ on your Berlin Book. Does that mean that the “eye” on the money/pyramid may not be an “eye” either…and maybe it answers a question of what was on top of that pyramid that is missing its ‘top’ over in the sand box today. Interesting thoughts anyway.

  7. Clearly I’m on a roll …. This snippet refers to a very fascinating little know persona and book (and the story of how this book came to be is equally fascinating.
    Link here: http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/allposts/early-days-of-electronic-mind-control-alfred-loomis-and-tuxedo-park-2

    The excerpt referred to in the book is on page 128 and is quoted in this article. The article’s title is:

    Early Days of Electronic Mind Control: Alfred Loomis and Tuxedo Park

    The title of the book is:
    Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II, by Jennet .

    “A call from Compton in early 1939 helped crystallize his plans. Compton had correctly sensed that Loomis was at loose ends and was casting about for new direction for his research. He had told Compton that his work on brain waves with Hallowell Davis, while far from complete needed to be carried on under the auspices of a hospital, and to that end he had donated most of his equipment to the Harvard Medical School. Compton suggested that, given the portentous events in Europe, it might be useful if Loomis looked into the present state of microwave technology, or radar (though the latter term had not yet been coined). Loomis was intrigued by the idea and began exploring the subject on his own.”

  8. Hi Joseph, wasn’t sure where to link this article, so here is where I am…

    1) Inventor Hides Secret of ‘Death Ray’ (Popular Science, 1940) 2) History Channel Video: Death Rays and Energy Weapons

    Thought you’d like the link…

    http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/allposts/1-inventor-hides-secret-of-death-ray-popular-science-1940-2-history-channel-video-death-rays-and-energy-weapons

    Now THIS link might be better interpreted by you. I believe it is a zenglish translation of a German newspaper report which provides additional facts and names as to that pesky problem at the end of WWII.
    I’ll be here tomorrow evening 🙂

  9. Yes I am salivating as well. yes Joseph I have had to bight the bullet and brush up the German…..this book is going to be a ripper!

  10. If you find an English Translation, Please let us know how/where to obtain it.
    It would prove to be a very edifying adjunct to your synthesis of all you have provided us.

  11. There is a school of thought that the Allies never perfected the atomic bomb and in fact stole the bombs from the Nazi’s via an unusual mission that was undertaken late in the war (by Eisenhour I think). This is in part thought to be the reason why they were used as the potential devastation was not properly understood by the allies. I have some links to this theory somewhere and if anyone is interested I will see if I can dig them up. I am interested to know of what you learn Dr Farrell.

  12. Sounds fascinating for sure! I have to get my German more up to snuff so I can read without having to look up like every fifth word. But its improving slowly through magazines and some films- used to have to look up like every other word lol. I guess learning grade school German didn’t help me much for my adult life. Well – better than nought.

  13. The most compelling result of this book is that Karlsch’s proposal of a crude implosive test device utilising the coupling of fission and fusion processes is judged to have been in reach for German physicists like Walter Gerlach and Kurt Diebner. Always lacking the fissile material for pure fission bombs Gerlach concluded in May 1944 that “the release of nuclear energy is to be performed not only by fission but by alternative means.” Vladimir Mineev and Alexander Funtikov, designers of nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union, suggest the Germans might have been fully aware of the “boosting” principle.

    Strangely enough, corroborating evidence of an SS-dominated nuclear weapons program comes from the Near East: In his memoir (Damascus 1999, p. 127, p. 162ff) Muhammad Amin Al-Husayni, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a fanatic anti-semite and multiple visitor to Nazi Germany, focusses on a meeting with Himmler in July 1943. Himmler would have passed confidential information on to him – “known to only ten persons in the whole Reich … Germany about to build an atomic weapon.” The Reichsfuehrer further told Al-Husayni Great Britain and the U.S. were striving hard to catch up with their own nuclear weapons programs, “but we are still ahead. We will possess atomic weapons three years earlier than our
    enemies. This irresistible weapon will turn the tides.”

  14. Just meandered through some google results – no luck finding an english translation =/.

    Probably a fascinating read.

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