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The USA and Nazi Germany competed for the bomb. It says so in the history books. This race never took place, says the nuclear physicist Manfred Popp in his lecture. Because the German scientists just didn't know how the atom bomb was built.

During World War II, the Americans managed to build an atomic bomb within a few years. On August 6, 1945, they dropped the "Little Boy" atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and three days later on Nagasaki. 100,000 people died immediately in the explosions, and many more died from consequential damage.

Hitler had failed to develop a nuclear weapon. Why? Manfred Popp's thesis: The German scientists simply didn't know how to build such a bomb.

"The German people succumbed to the collective stupidity under Hitler, and that must somehow have rubbed off on the physicists."
Manfred Popp, nuclear physicist

The members of the "Uranium Association" were important scientists and researchers such as Werner Heisenberg and Otto Hahn. Up until now it was believed that they were in principle capable of developing an atomic bomb. They just lacked the means.

Scientists groped in the dark when building an atomic bomb

But it wasn't because of the means, says Manfred Popp. He is a nuclear physicist himself and was chairman of the board of the Karlsruhe nuclear research center for many years. Manfred Popp took a close look at the original documents of the "Uranium Association" and came to the conclusion: Heisenberg, Hahn and Co. were in the dark when it came to the question of how an atom bomb could be built.

"Did the German scientists prevent the bomb for Hitler for moral reasons? There is actually no answer to this famous question."
Manfred Popp, nuclear physicist

Manfred Popp gave his lecture on October 29, 2018 at the Free University of Berlin as part of the lecture series "In memory of Lise Meitner". The lecture is entitled "Slow or Fast Neutrons - The Myth of the German Atomic Bomb".

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