Secrets Of Ww2 Essay

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World War II had many secrets throughout the fighting that took place, but some of the more interesting secrets were happening behind the scenes in German science labs. Not many people know that one of the original ideas of nuclear weapons originated from Germany during World War II. The Germans where planning on winning the war one way or another, even if they had to use these incredibly destructive weapons to do it. The Germans had been studying the idea of a nuclear weapon before the US had even begun research on it.

The first person to warn President Roosevelt about the Germans research into nuclear weaponry was German scientist Leo Szilard. He tried to convince the United States into starting their own atomic bomb program, …show more content…

During the time he was trying to figure out ways to stop Hitler in a peaceful manner, German scientists had already made huge progress on research made easier by Einstein’s formula of E=MC2. With Einstein’s formula of E=MC2, the German scientists were successfully able to achieve nuclear fission (splitting of atoms). The Germans were in the mode of trying to think of a wartime application of nuclear fission and the result was the idea of an atomic bomb. By the late 1930’s the German scientists idea of an atomic weapon was a true possibility. Many emigre scientists (Jewish refugees) were afraid that they may become Nazi researchers, and be responsible for helping the fuhrer conquer the world by creating the world’s first nuclear weapon. Einstein’s letter to President Roosevelt was a huge step forward in the weaponization of the formula E=MC2. Einstein’s pacifism could actually be clarified as the father of the atomic bomb. Einstein himself knew the irony of the whole thing, knowing his own major role in moving the world into the atomic age. He regretted his role in this process and admitted to an old friend of his stating, “I made one great mistake in my life--when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made, but there was some justification--the danger that the Germans would make

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