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The information in this dataset is reproduced from Charles Lundquist's 2014 monograph Transplanted Rocket Pioneers. The information includes biographical and professional information that he compiled to produce the book. Each individual represented in the dataset also has a vertical file in the Lundquist Collection at UAH.
Transplanted Rocket Pioneers is a recognition of the early members of the von Braun rocket team, many of whom were key players in the successful moon landing. Many historians conclude that the lunar missions of the Apollo Program could not have been possible without the leadership and experience provided by a corps of engineers, scientists and managers transplanted from Europe to the Unites States after World War II. This fact motivated Dr. Lundquist to deposit this work in the Archives of the Library at the University of Alabama in Huntsville by assembling a file on each of the individuals who came from Europe to participate in the rocketry activities in Huntsville, or, in a few cases, individuals who had other ties to Huntsville.
This dataset includes a standard one-page summary sheet for each subject. Although most sheets are relatively complete, some data are still missing.
The first two lines on each page records fundamental identification information:
Family name Date of birth Place of birth Given names Date of death Place of death
The next standard entry is a statement of the extent of the Archives Holdings, either i) A primary collection of documents housed in one or more banker boxes, usually a separate individual collection ii) A secondary collection in a standard archive box, or iii) a file folder. Next, if there is an oral or video history for the individual, this fact is noted. A statement about the highest education levels of the individual follows. The next five entries, in chronological order, record whether the individual participated in activities at five sites:
1. Raketenflugplatz-Kummersdorf: Individuals engaged in the activities at these sites of early rocket development experiments sponsored first by VfR and subsequently by the German Army.
2. Peenemünde: Included here are individuals who participated in Peenemünde programs under several auspices, including as Army civilian employees, as members of the German military, as contractor employees on site or visiting as needed, and as university employees collaborating as required.
3. Fort Bliss: Individuals who were brought to Fort Bliss from 1945 to 1950.
4. GMDD-ABMA: Individuals who came to Huntsville, Alabama to work for the US Army rocket programs in the decade 1950 to 1960.
5th MSFC: Individuals who were employed by the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in the 1960s.
Some people had various relationships with UAH and that is so noted. Additionally, a statement of immigration details is noted if pertinent. Finally, a great variety of incidental information is included under Incidental Remarks.
UAH Special Collections welcomes additions of biographical materials to the vertical file in the Charles Lundquist Collection. Please note that the work is that of Dr. Lundquist and may contain errors or omissions which are solely the product of his work on the project, as noted in the introduction of the work.: " Finally, it is pertinent to note that any document containing large files will surely have some mistakes or omission. Any errors are the responsibility of the author alone." As was the wish of Dr. Lundquist, we will strive to make factual corrections to the online copy when necessary.
News clippings announcing new citizenship for a group of German teenagers living in Huntsville, Alabama.The members of the group were all children of German engineers who were brought to the United States under Operation Paperclip. The clippings include photos of the group with their new immigration registration cards.
Konrad, Klaus, and Ingeborg Dannenberg go down to vacation in Cape Canaveral, Florida. They are shown visiting the air and space museum (now called the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center), stopping at Mac's Grove fruit stand, and leaving the Tradewinds Club. June 1959.
Konrad, Klaus, and Ingeborg Dannenberg enjoy the pool at the Tradewinds Club where they're staying outside of Cape Canaveral, Florida. They're shown swimming, lounging in the sun, and using the diving board. June 1959.
Konrad, Klaus, and Ingeborg Dannenberg visit Melbourne beach near Melbourne, Florida. All members of the family are shown playing in the surf as well as hunting for seashells. June 1959.
First half of film shows Konrad, Klaus, and Ingeborg Dannenberg enjoying lunch by the pool at the Tradewinds Club outside of Cape Canaveral, Florida. The second half shows Ingeborg and Klaus departing by ship. June 1959.
Film shows the remainder of the departure of a ship from Pier 88 outside of New York City, New York with Klaus and Ingeborg Dannenberg aboard. The last portion shows the entrance to the St. Augustine chamber of commerce as well as a large cannon donated to the city. Summer 1959.
Konrad and Klaus Dannenberg go fishing outside of Ocala, Florida. Having successfully caught some fish, they then show someone butchering the fish for them. They then show the place where they're staying: Florida's Silver Springs. The film ends with a shot of the Prince of Peace Memorial. Summer 1959.
Film opens showing the see through bottom of a boat during a boat tour. Then the film transitions to showing Konrad, Klaus, and Ingeborg Dannenberg visiting Tommy Bartlett's Deer Farm and petting the deer. Summer 1959.
Outdoor shots of a snowstorm on Monte Sano outside of Huntsville, Alabama. Of note are the numerous icicles hanging from power lines and tree branches. Winter 1960.