Transcript of German scientists’ reactions to reports that America had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima

1. This report covers the first reactions of the guests to the news that an atomic bomb had been perfected and used by the Allies.

2. The guests were completely staggered by the news. At first they refused to believe it and felt that it was bluff on our part, to induce the Japanese to surrender. After hearing the official announcement they realized that it was a fa ct. Their first reaction, which I believe was genuine, was an expression of horror that we should have used this invention for destruction. (Source)

Very interesting document. The origin of the transcript is described as follows:

From July 3, 1945, to January 3, 1 946 , the Allies incarcerated ten German nuclear physicists at the English country estate of Farm Hall, their goal being to obtain information about the German nuclear research project by way of surreptitiously taped conversations. (Same source as above)

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