The Manhattan Project

Commentary by Dr. Gerhard Falk


The Jewish Bomb


In 1905, Albert Einstein published a paper in a German physics journal which revolutionized physics and led to so many inventions that we live in a world created by the great Albert. It has been estimated that we benefit today by thirty-three theories leading to innumerable useful inventions resulting from Einstein’s amazing achievements. Among these is the atomic bomb.

All freshman physics students are acquainted with the famous equation e=mc2, which teaches us that energy equals mass times the speed of light squared. Numerous scientists before Einstein had worked on the predecessors of this insight but were not acquainted with relativity, which allowed Einstein to recognize its consequences, e.g. the atomic bomb.

In 1939, shortly after Einstein arrived in the United States, he signed a letter written by the physicist Leo Szilard. The letter told then President Franklin Roosevelt that the Germans were actively working on an atomic bomb and that therefore we needed to make every effort to create such a bomb before the Germans.

Roosevelt therefore appointed a committee of politicians who in turn appointed several American scientists to build an American atomic bomb. So many of these “fathers of the bomb” were Jewish that the result may well be called “the Jewish bomb.”

Einstein was not appointed to the scientist group who worked on the bomb on the grounds that he was German and therefore a security risk.

The word Jewish is doubtful. Indeed, all five major contributors to the development of the bomb had Jewish parents. Yet only Einstein insisted that God exists and that he, Einstein, was Jewish. The others were all agnostics. The chairman of the group was Robert Oppenheimer, a professor of physics at the University of California. Teller, Wigner, Neumann, and Szilard were all Hungarian Jews, which they sought to hide. Oppenheimer was born in the USA; the others were all immigrants from Hungary, except for Einstein. They were agnostics, although they married Christians, and in two cases converted to Christianity. Neumann called himself von Neumann in order to pretend that he was German nobility.

After the atomic bomb was used to bring about the end of the Second World War with the surrender of Japan, France became one of the atomic powers in this world. The president of France after the war was General de Gaulle, who gave Israel access to the atomic bomb, which to this day has made it possible for Israel to defend itself.

Shalom u'vracha.

  Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including The American Jewish Community in the 20th and 21st Century (2021).

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