Hitler's Gift - Jean Medawar & David Pyke

Hitler's Gift

By Jean Medawar & David Pyke

  • Release Date: 2012-01-12
  • Genre: History


The accomplishments of the Jewish scientists who were forced to flee Nazi Germany—including the research that turned the tide of World War II.
Between 1901 and 1932, Germany won a third of all the Nobel Prizes for science. But with Hitler’s rise to power, and the introduction of racial laws, Jewish professors were forced to leave their jobs—effectively ending Germany’s fifty-year record of world supremacy in science. Among these more than fifteen hundred refugees were the co-discoverers of penicillin, as well as others who were instrumental in developing the atomic bomb.
Based largely on interviews with more than twenty of the surviving refugee scholars, this revelatory book recounts numerous stories of emigration, rescue, and escape, including those of Albert Einstein, Fritz Haber, Leo Szilard, Erwin Schrödinger, Enrico Fermi, among many others.
Hitler’s Gift is the story of scientists forced from their homeland, only to revolutionize the world we live in today.
“The true story of how [Hitler] may have thrown away victory in WWII.” —Herman Wouk, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Caine Mutiny
“Engrossing . . . compellingly chronicles a little-considered aspect of WWII history.” —Publishers Weekly