“Hahn: If they have really got it, they have been very clever in keeping it secret.”

September 26th, 2016

German History in Documents and Images: Transcript of Surreptitiously Taped Conversations among German Nuclear Physicists at Farm Hall (August 6-7, 1945).(PDF)

“At the beginning of the war, Germany’s leading nuclear physicists were called to the army weapons department. There, as part of the “uranium project” under the direction of Werner Heisenberg, they were charged with determining the extent to which nuclear fission could aid in the war effort. (Nuclear fission had been discovered by Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner in 1938.) Unlike their American colleagues in the Manhattan Project, German physicists did not succeed in building their own nuclear weapon. In June 1942, the researchers informed Albert Speer that they were in no position to build an atomic bomb with the resources at hand in less than 3-5 years, at which point the project was scrapped.

After the end of the war, both the Western Allies and the Soviet Union tried to recruit the German scientists for their own purposes. From July 3, 1945, to January 3, 1946, the Allies incarcerated ten German nuclear physicists at the English country estate of Farm Hall, their goal being to obtain information about the German nuclear research project by way of surreptitiously taped conversations. The following transcript includes the scientists’ reactions to reports that America had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The scientists also discuss their relationship to the Nazi regime and offer some prognoses for Germany’s future. As the transcript shows, Otto Hahn was especially shaken by the dropping of the bomb; later, hecampaigned against the misuse of nuclear energy for military purposes.”

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September 24th, 2016

Vanity Fair: Barack Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview. By Doris Kearns Goodwin, November (sic!) 2016

“As his two-term presidency draws to a close, Barack Obama is looking back—at the legacies of his predecessors, as well as his own—and forward, to the freedom of life after the White House. In a wide-ranging conversation with one of the nation’s foremost presidential historians, he talks about his ambitions, frustrations, and the decisions that still haunt him.”

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September 22nd, 2016

MetaFilter: A brief look at North Korea’s 28 websites.

The original song is from 1995.

September 21st, 2016

The Late Late Show with James Corden: Alanis Morissette Updates ‘Ironic’ Lyrics. (YouTube, 3min)

Wandern in den Alpen

September 20th, 2016

Wunderschön! Komm wir wandern weiter – Von Meran zum Gardasee. WDR am 18.09.2016, Video 01:28:29 Minuten

Näheres über die Sendung kann man hier lesen.

Die Dokumentation ist eine Fortsetzung der Alpenüberquerung auf dem E5, die letztes Jahr im Dezember ausgestrahlt wurde. Ich dachte, ich hätte damals einen Link gepostet, aber jetzt kann ich ihn nicht mehr finden. Hier sind die Folgen in der Übersicht: Komm wir wandern über die Alpen. Noch sind die Folgen in der Mediathek verfügbar: