WERNHER VON BRAUN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/12/1960 - HFSID 27996
WERNHER VON BRAUN He signed this typed letter with handwritten postscript to a German reporter in 1960, thanking her for a favorable review of the movie about him but declining an interview request. Typed Letter signed: "Wernher von Braun", 1 page, 8x10½. Huntsville, Alabama, 1960 September 12.
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WERNHER VON BRAUN
He signed this typed letter with handwritten postscript to a German reporter in 1960, thanking her for a favorable review of the movie about him but declining an interview request.
Typed Letter signed: "Wernher von Braun", 1 page, 8x10½. Huntsville, Alabama, 1960 September 12. On letterhead of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to Fraulein Gerty Agostin. In German, translated in full: "For your amiable writing of September 6th 1960 and remittance of a manuscript of your review of the movie 'I aim at the stars', I want to thank you very much. I am especially pleased that you so spontaneously and wholeheartedly acknowledged all plus-points of the movie in your review. With some other critics I have got the impression that they had their voices used up in the negative critique so completely, that their puff for an objective judgment of the movie vanished. Anyway, I am exceptionally curious to learn how the movie will be accepted by the American audience in general and I am naturally thankful for your good introduction you kindly gave it at the German-American audience in New York. Your request for a photo with my signature I fulfill with great pleasure. Regrettably however, it is impossible to comply with the number 1 on your wish-list for an interview with the Staats-Zeitung without putting me in danger of an ensuing correspondence flood. Please don't resent the denial of your request for that. With heartfelt greetings". Your". His handwritten postscript: "Could you please send me e2 or 3 dozen clippings of your article after publishing? Another thing: The first name of my father is Magnus, not Manfred (page 3 of your typed text)." Wernher von Braun (1912-1977) has been called the pre-eminent rocket scientist of the 20th century. At Peenemunde on the Baltic, Braun headed the German team which developed the V-2 rocket. He joined the Nazi Party and became an officer of the Waffen-SS, though controversy continues about whether he was compelled or did so voluntarily. Surrendering to the West with most of his rocket team at the end of World War II, von Braun was brought to the US, but spent a frustrating decade working on medium range rockets and responding to questions about his past while the US ignored the potential of space flight, von Braun's dream. The Soviet space satellite Sputnik changed all that, and von Braun went to work for the newly formed NASA in 1958, working to design the Saturn rocket which would take US astronauts to the moon in 1969. The bio-film references in this letter was I Aim for the Stars (1960). Comedian Mort Sahl suggested as a subtitle, "But Sometimes I Hit London". By the time he signed this letter, von Braun's dreams of space exploration were beginning to come true. The US had launched space satellites of its own, and the first team of American astronauts ("the Mercury seven") were in training. Besides her work with the German-American publication Staats-Zeitung, journalist Gerty Agoston was the New York reporter for the German Press Agency and for other newspapers. She would go on to write several novels and plays. Lightly creased with toned edges. Staple holes at top left edge. Otherwise fine condition.
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