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0813334926
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978-0813334929
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Yves Beon
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Basic Books (July 2, 1998)
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An extraordinary memoir by a survivor of the Nazi camps, Yves Béon, Planet Dora is a recollection of life and death in a concentration camp like no other. Dora was a cavernous underground factory cut out of solid rock.

An extraordinary memoir by a survivor of the Nazi camps, Yves Béon, Planet Dora is a recollection of life and death in a concentration camp like no other.

An extraordinary memoir by a survivor of the Nazi camps, Yves Béon, Planet Dora is a recollection of life and death in a concentration camp like no other

An extraordinary memoir by a survivor of the Nazi camps, Yves Béon, Planet Dora is a recollection of life and death in a concentration camp like no other. Dora was a cavernous underground factory cut out of solid rock, where life was like a nightmarish scene from Dante: thousands of prisoners beaten, starved, killed, and living underground for weeks at a time.

2 quotes from Planet Dora: A Memoir Of The Holocaust And The Birth Of The Space Age: ‘This book is just a book . Only, if we ignore such books, our civilization will disappear.

2 quotes from Planet Dora: A Memoir Of The Holocaust And The Birth Of The Space Age: ‘This book is just a book, about a pound of paper like so many other. Yves Beon, Planet Dora: A Memoir Of The Holocaust And The Birth Of The Space Age. tags: history, remember, space. At the end of the war, both the East and the West tracked down the German scientists, engineers, and technicians - the creators of the rockets - not to punish them but to use them. And Dora remained what is had been: secret, classified.

An extraordinary memoir by a survivor of the Nazi camps, Yves Beon, Planet Dora is a recollection of life & death in a concentration camp like no other. Dora was a cavernous underground factory designed to build the world's first operational rockets: the V-1 & V-2 missiles, Hitler's vengeance weapons. Over 14 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

He chaired the Space History Division at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum from 2007 to 2011, and continues to be a curator there. Planet Dora: a memoir of the Holocaust and the birth of the space age. Boulder, Colo.

He chaired the Space History Division at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum from 2007 to 2011, and continues to be a curator there.

In fact, some of the very rockets built in Dora were packed up after the war and shipped to New Mexico to serve as the seeds of the . Format Paperback 288 pages.

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Similar books and articles. The Holocaust Kingdom: A Memoir. The Place of Space in the Birth of the Clinic. Planet Dora: A Memoir of the Holocaust and the Birth of the Space Age by Yves Beon; Michael J. Neufeld; Richard L. Fague. Mark Walker - 1999 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 90:615-615. Truth, Lies, and ORings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster. Alexander Donat - 1965 - Science and Society 29 (4):497-499. Edward S. Casey - 1987 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 12 (4):351-356. Beyond Auschwitz Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought in America. Michael L. Morgan - 2001. Six Questions on (or About) Holocaust Denial.

City of fire Los Alamos and the birth of the atomic age, 1943-1945. Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry. The purpose of all this brutality was to build the world's first operational rockets: the V-1 and V-2 missiles, Hitler's vengeance weapons.

An extraordinary memoir by a survivor of the Nazi camps, Yves Béon, Planet Dora is a recollection of life and death in a concentration camp like no other. Dora was a cavernous underground factory cut out of solid rock, where life was like a nightmarish scene from Dante: thousands of prisoners beaten, starved, killed, and living underground for weeks at a time. The purpose of all this brutality was to build the world's first operational rockets: the V-1 and V-2 missiles, Hitler's vengeance weapons.Some of Germany's most brilliant engineers were involved with production at Dora, including Werner von Braun, who after the war went on to become the father of the American space program. It was his Saturn V rocket, designed with the help of his wartime comrades, that put the first man on the moon; while the Saturn V project was headed by the same man who had been the director of slave labor in Dora. In fact, some of the very rockets built in Dora were packed up after the war and shipped to New Mexico to serve as the seeds of the U.S. space program. In a very real sense, the greatest technological achievement of the twentieth century had its origins in the enslavement and murder of thousands of innocent people, the down payment of a Faustian bargain that still tarnishes the foundation of our reach for the stars.
Reviews:
  • Gavirus
I honestly haven’t finished it yet. It’s heartbreaking and I can’t read it in large doses, but I need to know. My father’s cousin was one of the Jewish prisoners in Dora and I wanted to know what happened to him there (he was sent there from Auschwitz). He was sent at the end to
Bergen-Belsen (right before liberation). It was beyond horrible, of course. Ironically, my father worked for the US space program and Werner von Braun. I loved reading about space when I was a kid and had no idea then that our space program was headed by an ex-Nazi.
  • Wilalmaine
great book
  • Wnex
this was a book my father was looking for and he was so happy that i was able to find it
  • Malarad
Dora (or Mittelbau KZ) was a sub-camp of Nordhausen. Its purpose was to manufacture rocket engines, V-1s, and V-2s in dark tunnels dug into the Harz Mountains. The inmates were prisoners of war and captives from all over Nazi-occupied Europe. The typical German guard brutality and superior mentality are evident throughout. This book is well written and tells a story which should be of great human interest. I'm surprised it has so few reviews.
  • Globus
This is the story of the Dora Concentration camp where Nazi Germany's V-1 and V-2 rockets and jet engines for Junkers were manufactured by slave labor in huge tunnels cut into the Harz Mountains near Nordhausen in the central German state of Thuringia. The book tells the story of the slave laborers inside the mountain and includes numerous stories from survivor interviews. Many died of starvation, exposure, overwork, exhaustion, disease, beatings, torture, hangings, and minimal health care. Dora had a population of about 15,000, and its own crematorium. Prisoners who died were replaced, but no-one ever left except as a corpse (until the end of the war). Conditions in the tunnels were bad: damp, cold, and dusty with poor ventilation. Prisoners included were not only Jews, but also political prisoners and people captured throughout the German occupied lands: Russians, Poles, Slavs, French, Italians, and Germans. Groups were segregated and given different jobs. Jews and Russians usually got the worst jobs.
Michael J. Neufeld, curator of the National Air and Space Museum at The Smithsonian, provides a detailed introduction. Hitler adopted the V-1/V-2 rocketry program as super-weapons intended to shift the balance after the German war offensive ground to a standstill in Russia. He planned to use them as terror weapons to weaken the will of the British to continue their war effort.
Experimental work was done at Peenemuende on the Baltic Coast, and initially manufacture was set up at that site too. However, the British were able to detect that work via aerial photography (according to the movie, "Operation Crossbow"). In spite of the high risks, the RAF succeeded in destroying the plant by bombing. The timing was fortunate, because Neufeld feels V-2 attacks on massed Allied forces prior to the Normandy Invasion could have had greater impact. As it was, the Allies were able to shoot down the rather slow V-1s. By the time V-2s were available in number, the Allied forces had landed in France and spread out from their beachheads. That made them a less vulnerable target.
The book disagrees strongly with several aspects of the movie "Operation Crossbow." Only production, not research was done in the mountain complex. Conditions for inmates were far worse than portrayed in the movie. Neufeld points out the slave labor/concentration camp aspect of the story was largely ignored in publications prior to 1980, but was recognized in more recent works.
Neufeld provides an excellent bibliography. No index.
  • Shak
Yves Beon is my grandmother's nephew (not clear if this is a second cousin). I read both of his Dora-related books in the original French and did not realize that they had ever been translated. I just happened to search for La Planete Dora and came across the translation. The additional title line "A memoir of the Holocaust and the birth of the Space Age" was a surprise to me. I recall that Goddard and others had something to do with rockets before WWII. Anyway my ancestors were on both sides of the European theater and so WWII has always held a special interest to me. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the translation. I will enquire as to the health of Yves.
  • Liarienen
Amazon needs to change its information: Michael Neufeld is NOT the author of this Holocaust memoir! Yves Beon's book was originally published in French. It was originally translated by an American journalist in 1985. Just because Neufeld wrote an overly long prologue doesn't mean he is the author of this book and should not be credited as such.

Sadly, Yves, who is elderly and ill, cannot defend his work. And where is the publisher in this???

This is disgusting.