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Wernher von Braun – ‘call him a Nazi, he won’t even frown’ – Tom Lehrer

 
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On November 25, 1944 a V2 rocket hit a crowded Woolworths in New Cross, south London, killing 168 people. The store had been unusually busy that day because saucepans, a scarce wartime commodity, were on sale.  There was no warning—the rocket had arrived at supersonic speed so that the detonation of its warhead was the first and only indication of its existence.

The V2 was entirely von Braun’s creation. […]

Von Braun’s Nazi past had always been an open secret. Stanley Kubrick modeled Dr. Strangelove after him and Tom Lehrer lampooned him hilariously on That Was The Week That Was while Walt Disney tried to make him a national hero. And the U.S. military needed him, needed him so desperately that a Faustian bargain was struck. […]

In 1975 Wernher von Braun was awarded the National Medal of Science

 

 
00:11
well speaking of bombs what is it that
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makes America the world’s greatest
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nuclear power and what is it that will
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make it possible for us to spend twenty
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thousand million dollars of our
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taxpayers money to put some idiot on the
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moon well it was the great enormous
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superiority of American technology of
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course as provided by our great American
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scientists such as dr. Verner von Braun
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gather round while I sing you a Verner
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von braun a man whose allegiance is
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ruled by expedience call him a Nazi he
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won’t even from Nazi shmatte see says
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banner fun bruh
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don’t say that he’s hypocritical say
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rather that he is apolitical
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once the Rockets are up who cares well
01:19
they calm down that’s not my department
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says very funny bro some have harsh
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words for this man of renown but some
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think our attitude should be one of
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gratitude like the widows and cripples
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in old London town who owe their large
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pensions to Verner von Braun you two may
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be a big hero once you’ve learned to
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count backwards to zero in German or
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English I know how to count down when
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I’m learning Chinese says vana fun
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you
 
 

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