How did a Nazi war criminal become an Amercan hero?
Do you think this could happen in modern times?
- Anonymous5 months agoFavorite Answer
I have wondered if von Braun could have been prosecuted as a war criminal under new laws that rendered even those in administrative positions such criminals. But as for post-war prosecutions of former Nazis, he would not have qualified.
Werner von Braun did not directly commit atrocities during WW2 but his rockets did target civilian areas such as London.
In a rare interview, von Braun did speak of the horrors of the Mittelwerke, a mine that had been converted to a rocket production facility. He spoke of hangings of prisoners and the stench of death and urine.
He was once confronted by a sarcastic reporter during a press conference, who asked him if, by any chance, any of his Saturn Vs might land on London. He walked out of the conference.
The fact is that many former Nazi scientists were recruited by the US military after the war and later worked for NASA. The Soviets took a different approach to captive Nazi scientists, using them only as consultants. Stalin was always paranoid and simply did not trust them. There was a phrase during the early space race, "Our Germans are better than your Germans," but the fact is the Soviets had their own rocketry experts, led by Sergei Korolev, who started out in the Soviet version of the German VfR (Verein für Raumschiffahrt, or Society for Space Travel),known as GIRD, Group for the Investigation of Rocket Dynamics.
Some recent scholars of space history have suggested Robert Goddard's influence on space exploration has been exaggerated, but the VfR had a subscription to Goddard's patents.
PS: It should be pointed out that the "Constantine Report" is highly biased and not a objective source of information.
- hartLv 64 months ago
Werner von Braun was a Jew
get over it
- Anonymous4 months ago
he was awesome!
- Tad DubiousLv 75 months ago
That is a catchy headline, but to be a criminal, you have to be convicted of a crime. Von Braun joined the Nazi party and worked on weapons/rockets, but I don't think the records show he was convicted of any war crimes. He came to the US with his knowledge and the rest is history. Yes, this could happen in modern times.
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- JohnLv 45 months ago
He wasn't a Nazi. He was a captured scientist along with others that were forced to work for the Nazi.
The allies helped the whole group escape.
Your report is only slightly incorrect.
- Zertsetzung⚡️Lv 55 months ago
"How did a Nazi war criminal become an Amercan hero?"
He had something to sell. Something that the Americans could use.
"Do you think this could happen in modern times?"
- Anonymous5 months ago
What earthly reason would be care if his views are Nazi or if he had been a Nazi. What is plain is that we defeated Hitler & his Nazi party. Now if Von Braun were trying to organize Nazi cells that would be different. I am not sure I ever met a German who wasn't anti-semitic.
- 5 months ago
Same thing would happen today. If there was a brilliant computer wiz, research engineer that could unlock fusion power or could come up with a cure for cancer, obesity, and parkinsons the USA would take them into the fold, no matter if they used to be in the inner circle of North Korea , Iran, Russia. The USA would expunge their records and grant them a full pardon even if they used to be part of drug cartels.
- Anonymous5 months ago
come on my dad died bec of the war criminals thy put on him when he was in the war. it is no hero
- bluLv 75 months ago
Von Braun was ecstatic the Nazi gov was willing to fund his development of rocketry. What they did w/ it was their decision ... not his. The US was delighted to add such a brilliant mind to it's arsenal of progress. He could have ended up as an asset w/ the Soviet Union.
Von Braun was head of the NASA programs that won the space race.
Feel free to extrapolate on where those results led.
Whoever decided to add Von Braun to the team instead of persecuting him deserves to be recognized as a hero for that too.
- JohnLv 75 months ago
He was neither.