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Sun Oct 21, 2018, 04:50 PM

Man who foiled Nazi nuclear plan dies aged 99

Source: Reuters

The leader of a daring World War Two raid to thwart Nazi Germany’s nuclear ambitions has died aged 99, Norwegian government officials said on Sunday.

Joachim Roenneberg, serving behind enemy lines in his native Norway during the German occupation, in 1943 blew up a plant producing heavy water, or D2O, a hydrogen-rich substance that was key to the later development of atomic bombs.

Picked by Britain’s war-time Special Operations Executive to lead the raid when he was only 23 years old, Roenneberg was the youngest member of Operation Gunnerside, which penetrated and destroyed key parts of the heavily guarded Norsk Hydro plant.

The subject of books and documentaries as well as movies and a TV drama series, the attack took place without a single shot fired.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-roenneberg/man-who-foiled-nazi-nuclear-plan-dies-aged-99-idUSKCN1MV0R1





Joachim Rønneberg, 1919-2018.

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Reply Man who foiled Nazi nuclear plan dies aged 99 (Original post)
sandensea Oct 21 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 21 #1
sandensea Oct 21 #5
nycbos Oct 21 #2
sandensea Oct 21 #6
Algernon Moncrieff Oct 21 #3
sandensea Oct 22 #14
paleotn Oct 21 #4
ck4829 Oct 21 #7
sandensea Oct 21 #8
underpants Oct 21 #9
LakeSuperiorView Oct 21 #10
iluvtennis Oct 21 #11
TomVilmer Oct 22 #12
Blue_Tires Oct 22 #13

Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 04:59 PM

1. Watch the excellent miniseries "The Heavy Water War,"

available on (I think) Amazon Prime and/or Netflix - it's all about how the Nazis were trying to develop a bomb and how the heavy water plant was destroyed to prevent it.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 06:40 PM

5. Will do.

Thank you!

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 05:01 PM

2. There is a BBC program on Netflix called...

Last edited Sun Oct 21, 2018, 06:44 PM - Edit history (1)

... "Churchill's Secret Agents The new recruits."


They put modern people from different walks of life through SOE training. This operation was referenced.

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Response to nycbos (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 06:41 PM

6. Thanks for the heads up!

Will check it out.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 05:26 PM

3. Old School Antifa

Rest in Peace, good sir!

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Response to Algernon Moncrieff (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:31 AM

14. +1

I'm sure he had some choice words for Cheeto.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 06:28 PM

4. A real hero.

A defender of freedom.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 07:06 PM

7. But... but... but the Nazis had a permit!

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #7)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 07:09 PM

8. And were very fine people besides.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 07:12 PM

9. 23 years old. The story of the mission are amazing

Sounds like a Bond movie opening.

Thank you Sir.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 07:39 PM

10. I love the movie Heros of Telemark.

Except that everywhere in Norway is apparently downhill by cross country skis. I'm so jealous, because here in the US, every hill you ski down, you have to ski back up...

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2018, 09:57 PM

11. Thank you Joachim Roenneberg for what you did to thwart the evil Nazi's. Rest In Peace.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 05:57 AM

12. Teachers was the real heroes of Norway

The Norwegian teachers, through nonviolent resistance, defended their youth from being subjected to fascist curriculum and protected Norway from sliding into a fascist state:

... In April 1940, the Nazis invaded Norway and occupied the country. In 1942, as part of an attempt to implement a fascist curriculum in the schools, Minister-President Vidkun Quisling, a Norwegian collaborator, disbanded the existing teachers’ union and required all teachers to register with the new Norwegian Teachers’ Union.

Between 8,000-10,000 of Norway’s 12,000 teachers responded by signing a letter of refusal to cooperate. The Quisling government panicked and closed the schools, sending the children home to their parents. 200,000 of these annoyed parents wrote letters of protest to the government. Norwegian teachers began to hold classes in secret, in defiance of orders.

The government ordered the arrest of a thousand teachers, five hundred of whom were sent to a prison camp in the Arctic. As the trainloads of teachers were shipped north, students and families gathered along the tracks, singing and offering food to the teachers as they passed. Once in prison, the teachers formed choirs and offered lectures to one another.

In November the Quisling government released all the teachers and abandoned their earlier plans!

The Norwegian Teachers’ Defense of Education offers pearls of strategic wisdom for us as we see a rise of bigotry and hatred in the United States. Resist and organize amongst your professional colleagues. It was not an individual’s action that produced such a successful campaign, but rather collective action through an entire profession, supported by students and parents.

Like the Norwegian teachers, each of us – in our profession and personal lives – forms a line of defense in the heart of our culture. Here we can wage a nonviolent struggle for compassion, respect and dignity. ...

http://www.riverasun.com/got-fascism-the-1942-norwegian-teachers-nonviolent-resistance-to-nazis-has-answers/
https://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/content/norwegian-teachers-prevent-nazi-takeover-education-1942

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:15 AM

13. What, you mean there was a time when Nazis were actually fought and not coddled?

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