May 2, 2019
Hundreds of radioactive cubes — which once sat at the heart of a failed nuclear reactor built in secret by Nazi scientists — are being hunted by US researchers.
After mysteriously receiving one of the cubes, Timothy Koeth of the University of Maryland has been working to unpick the reactor’s history and learn the fate of its other parts.
Accompanying the cube of uranium was a crumpled note, which read: ‘Taken from Germany, from the nuclear reactor Hitler tried to build. Gift of Ninninger.’
The reactor, built by Hitler, was dismantled by US soldiers at the end of WWII, and the 664 cubes — which had been buried by the Nazis — were shipped to America.
While there were not enough blocks in the reactor to make it fully operational, the team led by Professor Koeth has now discovered in Nazi documents that enough existed elsewhere in Germany to have completed it.
The extra cubes were in the possession of a competing research team, but if the scientists had pooled their resources of the uranium they would have been closer to success.
These extra 400 cubes went onto the black market after the war, and the locations of most the blocks from insider the reactor were lost to history after they arrived in the US.
This article was posted: Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 3:44 am