Science and the Swastika

Science and the Swastika

  • 2001
  • 1 Season
  • 7.5  (50)

German scientists have been among the greatest in the world. This series examines the effect Hitler's Nazi regime had on the scientific progress in the country - from world leaders to crumbled ruins. Science And The Swastika investigates how biology, medicine, physics and aviation fared during the Thousand Year Reich.

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Seasons
The Good German
4. The Good German
April 7, 2001
Why did the Germans, the most advanced scientific nation, fail to build a nuclear bomb during the War? Werner Heisenberg, the chief scientist of Germany's wartime nuclear project, pioneered quantum mechanics and won the Nobel Prize. When the Nazis came to power in 1933 Heisenberg's friends begged him to leave Germany, knowing he would be asked to work on nuclear research for Hitler but he refused.
The Wrong Stuff
3. The Wrong Stuff
April 2, 2001
Looks at how after the Second World War the American military recruited dozens of German scientists. Amongst them was Professor Hubertus Strughold; a Nazi doctor he was involved in inhuman experiments at Dachau concentration camp, using inmates in experiments on the effects of high altitude and extreme cold. Looks at how far the Apollo moon program may have been tainted by Nazi criminals.
The Deadly Experiment
2. The Deadly Experiment
March 26, 2001
Considers the work carried out by Nazi doctors in the concentration camps where they used inmates for experiments in their gynaecological and genetic research. Looks at people such as the infamous Dr Josef Mengele and his experiments with twins, mainly children, at Auschwitz, and also at Professor Clauberg who used hundreds of women in his sterilisation drug experiments.
Hitler's Biological Soldiers
1. Hitler's Biological Soldiers
March 19, 2001
Looks at the role of doctors in Nazi Germany and how many of them willingly took part in eugenics and euthanasia in the 1930s and 1940s, thus betraying the fundamental tenets of their profession, with initial sterilisation policies moving to ones of killing adults and children who were mentally or physically disabled. The first victim of the 'euthanasia progamme' was a deformed baby.
Description

German scientists have been among the greatest in the world. This series examines the effect Hitler's Nazi regime had on the scientific progress in the country - from world leaders to crumbled ruins. Science And The Swastika investigates how biology, medicine, physics and aviation fared during the Thousand Year Reich.

  • Premiere Date
    March 19, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (50)