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German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past during the Civil Rights Era

Monique Laney


This study focuses on the U.S. government-assisted integration of German rocket specialists and their families into a small southern community soon after World War II. In 1950, Wernher von Braun and his team of rocket experts relocated to Huntsville, Alabama, a town that would celebrate the team, despite their essential role in the recent Nazi war effort, for their contributions to the U.S. Army missile program and later to NASA's space program. Based on oral histories, provided by members of the African American and Jewish communities, and by the rocketeers' families, co-workers, friends, and ... More

Keywords: rocketeers, Wernher von Braun, Huntsville, Alabama, African Americans, Jews, Nazism, Jim Crow, Space Race, Civil Rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300198034
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300198034.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monique Laney, author
Auburn University