Space Rocket History #5 – Escaping the Reich

“In 1937, I was officially demanded to join the National Socialist Party. At this time I was already Technical Director at the Army Rocket Center at Peenemünde. The technical work carried out there had, in the meantime, attracted more and more attention in higher levels. Thus, my refusal to join the party would have meant that I would have to abandon the work of my life. Therefore, I decided to join. My membership in the party did not involve any political activity.”  Werner von Braun, 1947.

Peenemünde, Dornberger, Olbricht, Leeb, v. Braun

Werner von Braun at Peenedmunde


2 thoughts on “Space Rocket History #5 – Escaping the Reich

  1. Just wanted to let you know that you’re doing an incredible job. As a teenager, I was fascinated by rocketry. I hope to hear more about Robert Goddard as he doesn’t get the accolades he deserves.

    Great podcast!