The Jewish Nucleus of the Second World War's Atomic Drama

How a group of Jewish physicists helped the United States beat Nazi Germany in the race for nuclear weapons.

Physicists, some Jewish, at a nuclear-weapons colloquium at the Los Alamos Laboratory in April 1946. Wikimedia.

Physicists, some Jewish, at a nuclear-weapons colloquium at the Los Alamos Laboratory in April 1946. Wikimedia.

Observation
Sept. 17 2021
About the author

Alex Gordon is a professor of physics at Haifa University and the author of eight books and roughly 500 scholarly articles published in Russian, Hebrew, English, and German.

The Marxist philosopher György Lukács disliked the West and Western civilization. He liked to ask: “Who will save us from Western civilization?” But in an amusing, roundabout way, one he was unaware of, he contributed to the salvation of Western civilization. How? By helping to set in motion a chain of events that would lead to the creation of the atomic bomb and the subsequent Allied victory in World War II.

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