Just when you thought the postwar Allied Legend of Nazi nuclear incompetence was safe and secure, yet another odd story crops up to add to the growing body of evidence suggesting that the Allied Legend is just that, a legend, a fabrication, a misdirection to prevent people from examining the end of World War Two in Europe too closely:
This article is intriguing to me in two respects, the first being that it is a bit late - as far as major tabloid press is concerned - to get into the game, for the stories of the Nazi atom bomb tests at Ruegen and Ohrdruf began to be seriously researched and discussed in Germany by German researchers not only earlier in this decade, but the last decade. This was supplemented by Carter Hydrick's wonderful study Critical Mass, a study that in my opinion was so good that it had to be trashed by reviewers (which it was), because the story it contained was so stupendous. According to Hydrick, the Nazi nuclear program involved, at the minimum, a huge uranium enrichment program, and that program was probably successful to the point that the Nazis had enriched, to varying degrees of purity, uranium 235, and some of it was probably of fissile-weapons grade quality, and that uranium, if not the actual bomb design or functioning bombs themselves, made their way into the Manhattan project, making our early success possible (remember, we weren't supposed to have enough u-235 for a functioning bomb until November 1945 according to Ernst Oppenheimer).
The second thing that intrigues me about this article is the clear implication of modern researchers now finding, 2000 feet below ground in an abandoned mine, barrels of nuclear waste. This is highly significant, for waste implies exactly what Carter Hydrick argued, namely, that the Nazi program was not the haphazard, hit-and-miss, p0orly coordinated laboratory affair that got no further than a few clumsy attempts by Heisenberg to build a reactor, but rather, its enrichment program was a huge concern, highly organized, and processing isotopes to a degree similar to, if not exceeding, the Manhattan project in its sheer size.
But note the article's reference to Germany's Greenpeace movement, and their call for the government to release secret documents concerning the waste dump from the German Federal archives, documents that, according to the expert cited, would reveal much about the German bomb program, documents that still remain classified. This raises two questions (1) why are they still classified, and (2) are they from the old US government Berlin Document Center? The answer to the second question is probably a "yes," and therefore, it will ultimately be the US government that has the final say-so on whether any more information about the Nazi atom bomb program will come to light. Which brings up the first question: why would documents still be classified?
The answer is simple, and disturbing, and I have been hinting at it throughout my Nazi series of books, beginning with Reich of the Black Sun, namely, that the political consequences are still somehow with us; that the Nazi program may have been wildly more successful than we were told, that we made a bargain with the Nazi devil - a bargain which may have included Nazi nuclear secrets and materials as part of the bargain - in order to gain additional atom bomb secrets, enrichment processes, and perhaps even to gain a quick atom bomb by which to end the war in the Pacific. The extent of that bargain with the Nazi devil is still unknown, even though I and other researchers have been following the story ever since the end of the War. My bet? We're not going to see much more released from the Berlin Document center, not any time soon anyway....