WEST GERMANY: Atoms, Stay Away

Within 24 hours after Britain's White Paper leap into the missile age (TIME, April 15), West Germany's Chancellor Konrad Adenauer took a spry leap of his own. West Germany, he declared, must also have some atomic weapons—just like Britain.

From one of West Germany's principal nuclear-research centers, the Max Planck Institute of Physics in Göttingen, came an unexpected rejoinder. Led by four Nobel Prizewinners—among them 77-year-old Otto Hahn, the first man to split the uranium atom—18 scientists proclaimed their "great worry" over Adenauer's proposal. One hydrogen bomb, they warned, could render the...

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