Rename the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Alabama.

Rename the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Alabama.

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Nicole Foster started this petition to Mayor of Hunstville Alabama Tommy Battle and

We are asking for the Von Braun center to be renamed. The Von Braun center is an arena in Huntsville, Alabama named after Wernher von Braun.

He was a member of the Nazi Party and an SS officer. He held a “Sturmbannführer” ranking in the SS equivalent to major.

Adolf Hitler promoted Von Braun to full professor after witnessing the success of his rocket launches. His invention, the Vengeance Weapon Two was built for the Nazi party by concentration camp prisoners. As many as 20,000 of those prisoners died assembling his weapon.

Guy Morand, a rocket assembly line worker, testified his chronometer was missing when he arrived for his shift, and he claimed it was an accident to prevent what he presumed was one of the deportees on the night shift, from being hanged. Braun ordered the Meister to give Morand 25 strokes then he ordered for him to beat more vigorously. Following the beating Braun forced him to verbally express that he deserved to be hanged. Another former prisoner Georges Jouanin reported being slapped by Braun for stepping on a fragile component. These testimonials can be found in the book Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race.

The covert United States Government project to bring German scientists, engineers, and technicians to the U.S. to work for the government was known as “Operation Paperclip.” It included Dr. Von Braun and 1,600 other German scientists, engineers, and technicians. Many of these people were former Nazis and even leaders of the Nazi party.

Von Braun is glorified for his inventions for the United States like the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1. The Jupiter-C, Juno, and Pershing missiles developed at Redstone Arsenal. However, he shouldn’t be honored or have a building named after him because he was a major in the SS and a member of the Nazi party that profited from slave labor. Finally, the testimonies of former concentration camp prisoners directly implicate him in violence.

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