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Race for Atomic Bomb (04:09)


Imagine if the Soviet Union launched weapons of mass destruction toward the United States during the Cuba Missile Crisis. Three landmark events contribute to the Manhattan Project: Germany launching the Uranium Project, Albert Einstein writing a letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and bombing Hiroshima. After the Reichstag was set on fire, the Nazis rise in prominence; Adolf Hitler conquers several European countries capturing their nuclear resources.

Memory of Humanity (04:04)

If the Third Reich succeeded in building an atomic bomb, Nazis would have destroyed London, Moscow, and Stalingrad. Germany conducts invades Norway to obtain heavy water. Einstein warns Roosevelt that German scientists will soon create the atomic bomb.

Turning Point in History (04:32)

If Einstein did not send the letter, the Soviet Union most likely would have conducted the first nuclear weapon test. The Uranium Committee transforms into the Manhattan project, led by General Leslie Groves and Robert Oppenheimer. Learn about the contributions of the Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Los Alamos sites.

Creating the First Atomic Bomb (04:14)

The United States conducts "The Trinity Test," detonating the first nuclear bomb. Learn about the physics behind nuclear fission, "Little Boy," and "Fat Man." The U.S. Navy bombards the coast of Japan in 1945.

World War II (04:00)

President Harold Truman demands Japan surrender or he will drop the atomic bomb. Learn about the voyage of the Enola Gay to drop the weapon of mass destruction on Hiroshima. When Japan refuses to capitulate, a second bomb is dropped on Nagasaki.

Aftermath of World War II (04:21)

The Soviet Union and U.S. enter into the Cold War. Stalin launches his own nuclear program; spies recover German documents and scientists before Russians can obtain the intelligence. Einstein never forgave himself for sending the letter to President Roosevelt.

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Einstein and the Manhattan Project

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Germany, 1933. Hitler becomes Chancellor. Albert Einstein, a confirmed pacifist, flees Nazi Germany and takes refuge in the United States. He fears for his life, but also for his research, which he refuses to allow to fall into the wrong hands. However, even without him, Germany discovers how to split the atom, thanks to Otto Hahn. The Second World War is looming. The threat of a nuclear Germany is ever closer... In August 1939, under pressure from physicists Leo Szilard and Eugene Wigner, Einstein writes a letter to President Roosevelt warning him of the possible development by Germany of “new bombs of a new, extremely powerful type.” While this letter’s aim was to warn the American authorities of the dangers of nuclear arms, it will have the opposite effect: Roosevelt launches the Manhattan Project. The United States acquires stocks of uranium, furthers Enrico Fermi’s research into chain reactions, and produces the first atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, an American A-bomb falls on Hiroshima and ushers in the age of nuclear weapons. “I made one great mistake in my life—when I signed the letter...” Albert Einstein was later to say.

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL145599

ISBN: 978-1-64198-866-7

Copyright date: ©2016

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