Operation Paperclip

As World War II was reaching an end, officials in the U.S. government wanted German rocket scientists - like Wernher von Braun who invented the powerful V-1 and V-2 rocket systems - to come to America where they could continue their work.  President Harry Truman agreed with the initiative, dubbed "Operation Paperclip."

There was a major stipulation - no Nazi could be sent to America to work for the United States government.  That caused a problem, however, since some the scientists were, in fact, Nazis.

Who were the scientists recruited in "Operation Paperclip?"  How were former Nazis able to get into the States, despite their disallowed background?

See, also:

Hitler's Scientists - Building V-2s at Nordhausen

Hitler's Scientists - The ME-163 Rocket Plane

Hitler's Scientists - von Braun Surrenders

Hitler's Scientists - Impact on US and USSR Technology

Media Credits

Clip from the series "Revealed," episode "The Hunt for Hitler's Scientists," copyright Windfall Films (2005), all rights reserved.  Clip provided as fair use for educational purposes. 

Producers:  David Dugan, Mark Radice and Emily Roe

Narrator:  Paul Brightwell


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