Hi-Tech Hitler

4 Jul

I’ll be honest with y’all. There are definitely times when I check out something specifically because I’m hoping that I can rope the Mister into watching it with me. This was certainly the case with Hi-Tech Hitler.

The History Channel puts together a fine doc on the science of the Nazis that I hadn’t heard of yet. As one of the experts in this program pointed out, when most of us think of scientific work by the Germans during WWII this isn’t our first thought. I think of testing on Jews and other populations that did not find favor (or humanity) with the Nazis.

The scientific advances highlighted here thai illy did not involve torture. The Germans studied human populations and mice to link tobacco smoking to cancer. They developed jet engine for bombers. They also invent a method for recording audio on magnetic tape. One advance, that of the electron microscope, went largely unnoticed as it didn’t further Hitler’s war machine. The other discoveries did and money and resources went toward them.

I thought that this was a very interesting look at science behind the swastika. And if you haven’t already seen it, Kevin, you totally should.

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