I have read about Von Braun and it says the use of slave labour to build the V2 rockets was complex I do know that the SS arrested him Do you think Von Braun was okay with the use of slave labour or was he so focused on his work he didn't notice Was the USA's decision to honor him after the moon landings correct considering his war time efforts. Well, I have your answer. Von Braun was more than okay with the use of slave labor. He was prized by hitler but himmler had Von Braun arrested because he wanted to gain control of the rocket program and so he trumped up charges against him. In the end he had to be let go because they needed him. The USA needed him. In fact, the rockets were renamed and an American flag slapped on it but its basically Von Braun's rocket. He was never given top secret clearance and was watched by American intelligence. Had Von Braun not been so necessary, he might have found himself at Nuremberg but he knew that the Americans would need him (or he hoped so) and he knew the Russians were cruel to prisoners. He surrendered to the Americans and the Americans looked the other way over the fact that he used slave labor. I once heard a lecture from a man who was a slave laborer at Mittelbau-Dora and he said Von Braun knew. There was no question that Von Braun knew. He was not excessively cruel to the Jews there (that was the guards) but he was totally unconcerned when they died or if they were beaten. He was also totally unconcerned that any of the slave laborers were children. There are a few who state he actually engaged in acts of brutality and was a nazi fanatic but that was not the norm. Again, make no mistake. . He KNEW. I once had to write an "ethical dilemma" paper on a subject and I chose the American's use of Von Braun. I think from the American point of view, they knew they needed Von Braun. The iron curtain was already falling and the cold war was about to drop to freezing. They needed what he knew and the research he had done. Could he have done anything to help the situation? I don't know. He didn't do anything to make it worse. The survivors say he addressed them like he did the others who worked there, no better but no worse. Maybe in the ranks of the nazi's, that was the best you could hope for. Had he refused them, he might have been killed himself. I don't know. We got to the moon because of Von Braun's work under the nazi's. That was the start of the American rocket program BUT honoring him? I don't know. I concluded in my paper (if I remember right and its been a while back, many years ago) that Von Braun should have worked for less money than others did. He should NEVER have been allowed to return to Germany (and he was). He should have been monitored and should never have been honored or given special merit for anything. He was involved in slave labor. He looked the other way. There should have been a price to pay for that. He didn't pay it, at least not in this life. Punishment now has to be left up to G-d.
In 1942, Hitler demands a silent, deadly weapon that is capable of completely destroying London in a matter of days. At a top-secret facility, young physicis. . .