NEIL Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took humanity’s first extra-terrestrial baby-steps in July 1969, when they walked on the moon. Clumsy, uncertain, stumbling, there on the surface of the moon, they might have been mimicking the weary, clumsy, sometimes half-dead footsteps of the slave labourers who, at the end of World War Two, worked on the Nazi V2 rocket sites in France. And, in a sense, they were.
The same man, Wernher Von Braun, presided over the work on the rocket systems that took the first human beings to another planet, and over the work of people enslaved by the Nazis during the Second World War. Paddy Dollard tells the story of Wernher Von Braun, pioneering German rocket scientist and member of the SS, the Nazi elite shock troops.
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