Thanks for this great story. As a physics professor and formerly a manager at a high tech company, it was fascinating to learn how humanities professors and students could make key contributions to U.S. intelligence during and after WWII. The story was especially resonant with me since my dearly departed uncle Herman Merl served in the OSS during and after the War. He had managed to emigrate from Vienna, Austria, before the war. As an M.D., he actually interviewed Hitler’s doctor at Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s former hideaway, high above Salzburg, and his findings about Hitler’s medical conditions made headlines in the Los Angeles Sun afterwards. Also, my daugher Lindsay ’04, was an English major.
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