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The Nazis recruited to win the Cold War - Brian Crim


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In May of 1945 the Third Reich was in chaos. Adolf Hitler was dead and German surrender was imminent. But while World War II was almost over, a new war was brewing. And the US was eager to recruit the smartest minds in Germany before the Soviets got the chance— regardless of their affiliation with the Nazis. This became known as Operation Paperclip. Brian Crim digs into the clandestine campaign.

Approximately how many German scientists came to the United States under Operation Paperclip?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Brian Crim
  • Director Jeff Le Bars, Jet Propulsion
  • Narrator Adrian Dannatt
  • Composer Salil Bhayani, cAMP Studio
  • Sound Designer Amanda P.H. Bennett, cAMP Studio
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Produced by Abdallah Ewis
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Stephanie Honchell Smith
  • Fact-Checker Charles Wallace

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