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NOVA; Nazis and the Russian Bomb


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Nazis and the Russian Bomb
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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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This program tells the story of the German scientists abducted to the Soviet Union after World War II to help build long-range rockets and nuclear weapons. NOVA interviews several German survivors, who met with head of the Soviet police, Lavrentia Beriia, who, in turn, was in charge of the crash program. The success of the crash program in 1949, with the explosion of the first Soviet nuclear weapon, shocked the world. When Soviet science and engineering was on its feet, the German "advisors" were sent home.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Nazis and the Russian Bomb,” 12/04/1992, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 12, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EBEA27F63602486386F52652B5F207D1.
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APA: NOVA; Nazis and the Russian Bomb. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EBEA27F63602486386F52652B5F207D1
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