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Operation Paperclip was a secret United States intelligence program in which more than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians were taken from the former Nazi Germany to the U.S. for government employment after the end of World War II in Europe, between 1945 and 1959. US agents would attach a paperclip to the folders of those German rocket experts whom they wished to employ in the United States. Many of these personnel were former members and some were former leaders of the Nazi Party. The course will feature PowerPoint slides and video clips and will especially focus on the career of rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. We will discuss the legal, ethical and moral principles involved in the hiring of former Nazis.
Instructor: David Nevard
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609