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Film posterVirtual screening of My Grandfather Was a Nazi Scientist: Opa, Von Braun and Operation Paperclip, a documentary feature by professor Amy Gerber-Stroh.

Access the screening on Zoom.

Film will be followed by Q&A.

Filmmaker Amy Gerber accidentally stumbles upon her grandfather’s secret past, including his work on Nazi science that the Allied victors raced to obtain at the end of WWII. Her grandfather, Dr. Eduard Gerber, joined hundreds of other Nazi scientists brought into the U.S. under the classified and controversial government program called OPERATION PAPERCLIP. The most famous of these scientists was rocket expert Wernher von Braun. My Grandfather follows a granddaughter on a personal journey, who with her dynamic German interpreter, Julia, investigates old FBI and CIA files that they discover at the National Archives. As Gerber begins to retrace her grandfather’s history and find out more about his ‘other life’, larger historical questions arise as she pursues many unknowns about this early Cold War period that still remain classified by the U.S. Government.

More on Gerber-Stroh’s award-winning films.

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