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Copenhagen Fallout, The

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Subjects: History, Nuclear Weapons, War, World War Two

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 60 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2002
Available in French: No

In World War II, there were mounting fears that Hitler was building an atomic bomb. Such a prospect depended on two of the world's top nuclear scientists. Werner Heisenberg was the most brilliant German physicist of his generation - for two decades he'd looked up to his Danish mentor, Niels Bohr. Both had won the Nobel Prize for their insights into the atom. They'd become the closest of collaborators and best friends. Suddenly they were on opposite sides. In 1941, Heisenberg travelled 200 miles in secret to Copenhagen to meet Bohr. The meeting put both men at immense risk, ended after only 10 minutes and had a cataclysmic effect on their relationship. A film made with access to their personal correspondence and newly released documents kept secret for half a century.

Links: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/cinema/features/copenhagen-links.shtml