Jahrestag

December 6th, 1941 - U.S. President Roosevelt orders construction of the atomic bomb

 

In 1941 U.S. President Roosevelt is still not ready to take military action, even at the urging of the British to enter the war against the Axis powers, but rumors that the Nazi are developing a super bomb, a nuclear weapon, worry him. Important scientists such as Albert Einstein expressed their concern in a letter to Roosevelt. This letter may have played a decisive role in the president signing the order to construct an American atom bomb on December 6th, 1941. In the desert of Los Alamos under the direction of Robert Oppenheimer, the development of the atomic bomb, the "Manhattan Project" takes place in secrecy . The scientists, led by Oppenheimer. see themselves in an arms race with the Nazis and with test after test are pushing the development of the bomb forward. Later, both Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer would express their regret, Einstein calling the letter to Roosevelt, and Oppenheimer the actual development of the bomb, a “mistake”. After Roosevelts death his successor Harry S. Truman was left with a terrible decision. In order to finally force the Japanese to surrender he was to use the super bomb fully perfected in Los Alamos not just as a deterrent but to actually destroy entire cities such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing hundreds of thousands The widespread devastation of the nuclear fire catapulted the world into the atomic age. It lead to an absurd arms races and deterrence during the Cold War. To this day the fear of nuclear world destruction has not been overcome.

Länge: 00:01:57 | O-Ton: nein | Farbe: s/w | Jahr: 1941 | Clip-ID: JHT000330E

 

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