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"OPERATION PAPERCLIP" - ARCHIVE OF DR. HORST KEDESDY Complete denazification file concerning the life of Dr. Horst Kedesky, an electron microscope researcher, whose talents were recognized by the U.S. government, leading to his "exportation" to the U.S. through American military channels in 1947. Kedesdy was a pioneer in the development of the electron microscope, and was employed at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin. He was called up for service in 1939, and released following a serious wound in 1942. He returned to research with the institute until Germany fell in 1945. "OPERATION PAPERCLIP" was the OSS program used to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany for employment by the United States, and the program was conducted by the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA). Kedesdy's file is complete: it includes his Nazi Party membership card, diploma, military awards, discharge papers, wartime and post-war questionnaires, applications, letters from the U.S. military, a handwritten explanation of his involvement with the Nazi Party and military, photographs, and so on. In total, about 75 pages of documents. OPERATION PAPERCLIP netted the Americans about one hundred scientists, including the builder of the American space program, Werner von Braun. Overall very good, worthy of further study.

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Estimate $200 - $300Sep 10, 2013
Chesapeake City, MD, USA