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Interview conducted in connection with study of the German atomic bomb program 1940-1945. Work on the critical mass of a chain reaction. Move to America during the war. On Werner Heisenberg; Heisenberg’s knowledge of the physics of an atomic bomb. British scientific intelligence during World War II. Plutonium. A Nazi joke; National Socialism; the moral question. Samuel Goudsmit’s book Alsos. Postwar comments by Heisenberg. Robert Jungk’s book Brighter than a Thousand Suns. Postwar relations with German colleagues.
Life of his father, Karl Schwarzschild; father's scientific relationships in Göttingen (Felix Klein, David Hilbert); move to Potsdam, 1909; relations with Potsdam and Berlin scientists (Albert Einstein, Karl Sommerfeld); father's Jewish background concealed. M. Schwarzschild's youth in Göttingen and Berlin; early education, interest in astronomy and mathematics. Undergraduate at Göttingen Universität (Hans Kienle, Richard Courant, Neugebauer), 1930-1933; graduate work at Gottingen Observatory, 1933-1935; his reaction to Nazism.