Wiki Wormhole: After WWII, the U.S. hired Nazi scientists en masse via Operation Paperclip
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This week’s entry: Operation Paperclip
What it’s about: After WWII, the victorious Allies carved Germany into four sections (the U.S., U.K., and French sections would be combined to form West Germany; the Soviet section would become East Germany until reunification in 1990). Among the spoils divided up by the Allies was Germany’s brain trust. The U.S. made a major effort to recruit German scientists after the war, partly to bolster America’s capabilities, and partly to …