• Short Summary

    Two of the 12 German scientists and technicians who arrived from the Soviet Union today decided to stay in east Germany instead, of going on to the Federal Republic.

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    Two of the 12 German scientists and technicians who arrived from the Soviet Union today decided to stay in east Germany instead, of going on to the Federal Republic.

    The other 10 men, many of whom had wives and children with them, are the first to be repatriated to West Germany. A second group is expected on Friday.

    Most of them were connected with the V 1 and V 2 rocket projects and were taken to the Soviet Union after the war. They worked under contract until 1956, when they were offered repatriation to east Germany. Those who refused were sent to Suchumi, on the Black Sea, and have lived there in reasonable comfort until the Soviet Government agreed to allow them to return to west Germany.

    When the main party arrived at the refuge camp at Friedland this afternoon it became clear that "scientists" was a misnomer for most of them. All but two were engineers and technicians. Their spokesman. Dr. Lerters, that neither they nor any other German scientists had worked on the Soviet earth satellite project, although he thought that the sputnik was developed on the basis of the experience and knowledge that the Germans took with them to Russia.

    Their main task, Dr. Lerters added, had been to provide the Soviet authorities with German scientific and technical knowledge. Russianscientists were primarily interested in the V 1 and V 2 rockets.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF0QSLFLPHE046MGTHA373L9BA
    Media URN:
    VLVAF0QSLFLPHE046MGTHA373L9BA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:36:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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