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Was He or Wasn't He a Nazi?

Konrad Dannenberg, 96, a German-born rocket scientist who died Feb. 16 in Huntsville, Ala., worked for the Nazis during World War II and for the Americans during the Cold War.

It's widely known that the German brain trust of one war was used by the Americans to fight another. But two obits of Dannenberg present widely diverging facts of his relationship to the Nazi Party.

The Wall Street Journal called him a party member since 1932 (a year before Hitler rose to power) and quoted a historian of the German rocket program.

The New York Times wrote that Dannenberg was never in the Nazi Party.

By Adam Bernstein  |  February 23, 2009; 2:43 PM ET
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The WSJ is right; the NYT is wrong. It is a matter of public record that Dannenberg was a member of the Nazi party since March 1932. His Paperclip files in the National Archives demonstrate that. Michael Neufeld

Posted by: neufeldm | February 24, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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