Godmanchester's Wartime Secret
A WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATION OF AN HISTORIC GODMANCHESTER EVENT
IN 1945 HITLER'S TOP ATOMIC SCIENTISTS
3 Nobel Laureates: Hahn, von Laue and Heisenberg
WERE SECRETLY INTERNED AT FARM HALL.
A lecture by distinguished World War II historian & author
Dr John Cornwel
International film maker David Sington's BBC Horizon Film, featuring his astonishing interviews with the scientists at Farm Hall
an introduction by Professor Marcial Echenique
DID THOSE SCIENTISTS SABOTAGE HITLER'S A-BOMB?
Saturday 4th June 2016, 7.00pm for 7.30pm
St MARY THE VIRGIN, CHADLEY LANE, GODMANCHESTER PE292AL
Tickets: £15.00 each
Includes: a glass of wine, buffet supper between the lecture and the film.
TO BOOK YOUR TICKET. PLEASE CONTACT
Kate Hadley/Adrian Sington 01480 454154; Peter Irving 0.1480 382144
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PRESENTED BY THE FRIENDS OF ST MARY'S TO HELP PRESERVE THE FABRIC OF THE CHURCH
ST MARY THE VIRGIN CHURCH, GODMANCHESTER
June 2016, In aid of The Friends of St Mary's appeal to preserve the fabric of the church 7pm for 7.30pm at ST MARY THE VIRGIN CHURCH, GODMANCHESTER
The Friends of St Mary’s invite you to enjoy an evening introduced by Professor Marcial Echenique of Farm Hall consisting of a lecture by distinguished historian and philosopher Dr John Cornwell and see the BBC Horizon Film by international film maker David Sington-introduced by him and featuring his astonishing interviews with the scientists at Farm Hall.
In 1945 Hitler's 10 top atomic scientists, including Nobel laureates Otto Hahn, Werner Heisenberg and Max von Laue, were captured by a Churchill backed SOE and MI6 mission codenamed Operation Epsilon —a covert mission preventing Russia from gaining ground in the arms race. The scientists were secretly interned at Farm Hall where they were bugged and the revelations of those tapes are the subject of this evening's lecture and film. The transcripts were not made available until 1992.
DID THE SCIENTISTSSABOTAGE HITLER’s A-BOMB''
The scientists' dilemma was also the subject of the award-winning Michael Frayn play Copenhagen and the film of it in which James Bond film star Daniel Craig plays Werner Heisenberg.
Although Farm Hall is close to the centre of Godmanchester, these activities were entirely unknown to the small Huntingdonshire town. Nor were its citizens aware of the secret activities at Farm Hall, its work as a training headquarters for agents destined for Europe and as a de-briefing centre.
The tickets are £15 each and the evening will be held in St Mary the Virgin Church, Chadley Lane, Godmanchester PE292AL and will consist of:
THE INTRODUCTION (7.30-7.45pm)
With a welcoming glass of wine, guests will be introduced to the evening by Professor Marcial Echenique in whose house the extraordinary events that are the subject of this evening took place
THE TALK (7.45-8.45pm)
Dr John Cornwell, author of HITLER'S SCIENTISTS, a book partly based on the Farm Hall events, will discuss why Hitler never got the A-Bomb and answer questions.
BUFFET SUPPER (8.45pm-9.30pm)
Delicious food included in the price of the ticket.
THE FILM (9.30pm-10.30pm)
David Sington will introduce and take questions after his BBC Horizon film HITLER SATOMIC BOMB which includes interviews with some of the last surviving Farm Hall scientists and addresses the same question.
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