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Tomorrowland. It celebrated technology without moral qualms. Some of the science it espoused later proved to be not so benign — and
some of the scientists it promoted were unusual role models for the nation’s children.
In the mid-1950s Wernher von Braun cohosted and helped produce a series of Disney television shows on space exploration. “Man in
Space” and the other Tomorrowland episodes on the topic were enormously popular and fueled public support for an American space
program. At the time, von Braun was the U.S. Army’s leading rocket scientist. He had served in the same capacity for the German army
during World War II. He had been an early and enthusiastic member of the Nazi party, as well as a major in the SS. At least 20,000 slave
laborers, many of them Allied prisoners of war, died at Dora-Nordhausen, the factory where von Braun’s rockets were built. Less than ten
years after the liberation of Dora-Nordhausen, von Braun was giving orders to Disney animators and designing a ride at Disneyland called
Rocket to the Moon. Heinz Haber, another key Tomorrowland a...
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