Was it right for the United States to recruit former Nazis as aerospace engineers after World War II?

Aviation History Reader Poll

Alexander Lippisch was among the German aircraft and rocket designers who immigrated to the United States after World War II under Operation Paperclip (story in the July issue). Given the context of the Cold War, do you think it was right for America to work with former Nazis to help advance U.S. aerospace technology?

Give us your thoughts in the comments box below.

3 Responses

  1. TL Rouhier

    The U.S.S.R. was grabbing rocket people as fast as they could. Truman was not blinded by Stalin asFDR had been. Truman Knew that the russians were not our friends and that missles were the next way of delivering nuclear weapons. We needed all the rocket scientists we could lay our hands on and quickly. Being a Nazi didn’t matter if they knew rockets.

  2. Larry C.

    Many scientists want to “do their thing” with whoever will let them. Many absent-mindedly are blind to the good or evil of the politics of the “whomever.”

    I believe that it still begs an answer it these scientists were truly “Nazis” or were they so taken with their projects and the desire to see their work mature
    After all, they worked with even greater enthusiasm for the USA than for Hitler.

  3. Joseph Wilson

    Of corse it was the right to do. The war was over. Hitler was dead we are now allies with Germany is that wrong? Part of the reason for WW2 the English & French trying to make a defeated Germany pay for a war that was everyone’s falt.


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