Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1st Eng., translation, 1979. Viii + 308 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. 1 tiny amendment in a margin o/w FINE. The author was captured by the Germans in 1943 and spent two nightmare years in Dora, the subterranean concentration camp devoted to the manufacture of missiles. In its tunnels, Wernher von Braun and other Nazi scientists pioneered research into the conquest of space and laid the foundations for the modern American space programme. Here, one of Himmler’s ‘slaves’ has decided to break the conspiracy of silence surrounding Dora and how the Apollo space mission owed its beginnings to the toil and death of thirty thousand prisoners. The author describes in shocking detail the terrible conditions within the camp and tells many stories about his own and his fellow comrades’ torments.