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Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

Jacobsen, Annie

2015, January 20

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In the chaos following World War II, some of the greatest spoils of Germany’s resources were the Third Reich’s scientific minds. The U.S. government secretly decided that the value of these former Nazis’ knowledge outweighed their crimes and began the covert operation, code-named Paperclip, to allow them to work in the United States without the public’s full knowledge.

Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including papers made newly available by direct descendants of the Third Reich’s ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers discovered in government archives and at Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the twentieth century.

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The book can be purchased online:

     Barnes & Noble


Digital versions are freely available online:

     Internet Archive

PDF available below.


Author Annie Jacobsen presents a fascinating topic from her new book, Operation Paperclip, and takes questions from the audience. This event was recorded February 26, 2014 at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.:

Source link to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHs5M3pyd3Q

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