Plundering Defeated Germany a series of four investigations into the Soviet pillage of defeated Germany. Follow us to make sure you don’t miss this or other breaking stories. Read Part I
n addition to the removal of material values, the work of 2 million German prisoners of war who worked on Soviet construction sites and the creative potential of German scientists should also be included in the reparations account.
In June 1945, 39 German atomic physicists were sent to the research centre near Sukhumi, one of whom, Professor Nikolaus Riehl, later received the title of Hero of Socialist Labor. In total, about 2,0000 people were removed from Germany who were related to nuclear research. After testing the Soviet atomic bomb, they were returned to Germany in the 1950s.
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