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NOVA; Hitler’s Sunken Secret


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Hitler’s Sunken Secret
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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It was one of the most daring clandestine operations of World War II by the Norwegian resistance. On February 19, 1944, three saboteurs crept on board a ferryboat, the Hydro, moored at Lake Tinn in southeast Norway, crept into the hold and concealed an improvised time bomb. On board were four dozen barrels bound for Germany and containing deuterium or heavy water, which was vital to Hitler’s atomic bomb program. Next morning, the Hydro exploded as it crossed the middle of the lake. An exclusive NOVA salvage expedition sets out to find the Hydro on the bottom of the lake and haul one of the barrels up to the surface. The NOVA team opens up the barrel and a test of its contents helps answer the mysteries surrounding Nazi Germany’s race to build the atom bomb. The team also probes Norwegian archives and make new discoveries: a second secret consignment of barrels eluded the saboterus and made it all the way to Germany, but arrived too late to make a Nazi bomb feasible.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Hitler’s Sunken Secret,” 09/13/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D4B567B16BED4766A03E1045198BBA11.
MLA: “NOVA; Hitler’s Sunken Secret.” 09/13/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D4B567B16BED4766A03E1045198BBA11>.
APA: NOVA; Hitler’s Sunken Secret. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D4B567B16BED4766A03E1045198BBA11
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