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Book Launch: 'The Quantum Exodus: Jewish Fugitives, the Atomic Bomb, and the Holocaust''

Oxford University Press book launch with author Gordon Fraser

When the Nazis came into power in 1933 one of their initial objectives was to ‘purify’ German academic culture: Jewish professors and teachers at fine universities were sacked. Atomic science had attracted a lot of Jewish scholars, and as Albert Einstein and other quantum physicists scattered, they realized that they held the key to a weapon of unimaginable power. Convinced that their gentile counterparts in Germany had come to the same conclusion, and having witnessed what the Nazis were prepared to do, the exiles felt they had to get to the Atomic Bomb first.

At this Oxford University Press book launch, Gordon Fraser talk about this fascinating interplay of politics, history and science. Fraser completed his PhD in theoretical particle physics at Imperial College London, and was for many years the in-house editor at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva.


Gordon Fraser | talks


Date and Time:

16 August 2012 at 6:30 pm


2 hours



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247

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