Nazi nuke book launched amid criticism

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14 March 2005, BERLIN - A book claiming that scientists in the Third Reich built and tested a nuclear weapon shortly before Nazi Germany's defeat in 1945 was published on Monday amid criticism from most experts.

14 March 2005

BERLIN - A book claiming that scientists in the Third Reich built and tested a nuclear weapon shortly before Nazi Germany's defeat in 1945 was published on Monday amid criticism from most experts.

Titled "Hitler's Bomb", the book by historian Rainer Karlsch says a mini-nuclear bomb was tested by Nazi scientists in Thuringia state in the spring of 1945.

A US nuclear expert, Mark Walker, who took part in a press conference for the book's launch, immediately contradicted this main thesis.

"There was no German nuclear bomb," said Walker who said such a term was reserved for the huge weapons used by the United States against Japan in August 1945.

In response, Karlsch modified his definition somewhat and spoke of a "nuclear grenade" which could destroy everything within a radius of 500 metres.

He admitted that his book did not have final 100 percent proof that such a test took place in Nazi Germany.

The newspaper Die Welt published a full page review of Hitler's Bomb which strongly criticized the book's conclusions and noted its publisher, DVA, is reportedly in financial difficulties.

"Why does DVA, which belongs to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Group, allow itself to be used for such a callow work?" asked Die Welt, adding: "The media response to the leaked thesis in the past 10 days gives the answer: hard-hitting theses about Hitler sell superbly and if the truth gets run over this is just collateral damage."

DPA

Subject: German news

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