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Originally posted by Rob37n
Interesting, but it's in rather bad taste, bordering on being sick. I thought the Germans weren't allowed this sort of museum. Celebrating Nazi achievements at killing people at a distance? It would be like offering tours of the former Zyklon B factory to show the efficiency of German chemists.
If it wasn't for the successful efforts of British Intelligence the weapons developed at Peenemünde would have killed a lot more people and destroyed a lot more property.
A lot of slave labour from the concentration camps and the Todt organisation died making these weapons and the associated facilities. I hope the museum details events from their perspective clearly and in great detail.
Technically like many I am fascinated by the developments, but you have to bear in mind the human suffering that went with these developments, and that sheer level of suffering makes me uneasy for one.
Originally posted by Rob37n
reply to post by sown261
History is a very important subject. However, simplistic glorification of subjects without balanced presentation is dangerous, German advances in rocketry came about not just through ingenuity and application of theory, but at a very real human cost. My comments were aimed at pointing out that the museum should offer a clear reflection of the truth of the subject matter. Great strides forward in rocketry were achieved, but they came at a cost, taken from Wikipedia
The V-2s were constructed at the Mittelwerk site by prisoners from Mittelbau-Dora, the concentration camp where an estimated 20,000 people died during the war. Of these, 9,000 died from exhaustion and collapse, 350 were hanged (including 200 executed for acts of sabotage) and the remainder were either shot or died from disease or starvation.
The Germans weren't mistreating the odd employee, they were killing, torturing, and starving people to build these rockets, and then using the completed weaponry against civilian and military targets causing more death, destruction, and mayhem.
That sort of information needs to be presented alongside the other information. If you still consider that to be sick then you are beneath contempt.
Originally posted by jaynkeel
Thanks for the interesting read and taking great pictures. How I love the internet, places that I would never get to see in my lifetime are just a few clicks away, along with some information. Keep up the great work my friend.
And no matter how "bad" the Nazi era was their technological achievements in flight and my personal favorite tanks is something to marvel at. They truly had some of the best minds, thats why we brought them back here and thats why we now have a space program. Sometimes great things come out of bad history.