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Werner von Braun

Posted By: joe freedman
Date: Wednesday, 2 December 2009, at 3:50 a.m.

In Response To: Bot Nick Q and Rather Long 2 Cents (mamabear)

Who woulda thunk -- a reference to WvB in BG Online: "Wernher Von Braun was a hero because of the overall picture of his life and its trajectory and accomplishments, despite the remaining controversy about his role in the use of slave labor in the Mittelwerk."

A hero to some, no doubt. But not, presumably, to the slave laborers; nor, as Tom Lehrer put it, to the "orphans and widows in old London town -- they all owe their pensions to Werner von Braun."

Another immortal Lehrer verse: "Once the rockets go up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department," says Werner von Braun.

And finally, let's not forget his book; "I Aim for the Stars (but sometimes I hit London)"

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