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Die Glocke (German for "The Bell") is the name of a purported top secret Nazi scientific technological device. The only source for this is the books of Polish aerospace defence journalist and military historian Igor Witkowski, which claim it to be a secret weapon, or Wunderwaffe. The topic has been popularized by Nick Cook, Joseph P. Farrell and conspiracy theory websites, associating it with Nazi occultism and antigravity or free energy research.
The device was first claimed to exist by Igor Witkowski, in his Polish language book Prawda O Wunderwaffe (2000, reprinted in German as Die Wahrheit über die Wunderwaffe), in which he refers to it as "The Nazi-Bell". Little was known or reported on regarding the device until it was popularized in the English-speaking Western world by journalist, author, and former British aviation editor for Jane's Information Group's, Nick Cook, in his book The Hunt for Zero Point. Interest grew, and Witkowski's book was translated into English in 2003 by Bruce Wenham as The Truth about the Wunderwaffe. Further speculation about the device has appeared in books by the American fringe authors Joseph P. Farrell, Jim Marrs, and Henry Stevens.
"The Bell" has become something of a legend among believers in zero-point energy, perpetual motion machines, anti-gravity devices, reality shifting, reanimation, and time-space manipulation.
M Paul Lloyd wrote:Something operation 'paperclip' missed we must presume.
Prof Walther Gerlach said at Farm Hall:
It is not true that we neglected the separation of isotopes. On the contrary, we discussed the whole thing at Tubingen in February and there was a meeting at Munich. Clusius, Harteck and I said that this photochemical thing must be done. It took til the end of the year before the people who could do it were got togetherand the spectrograph obtainedand special accommodation acquired, as the Litz Institute had been smashed up.
Notes: by Bernstein re Photochemical Process at page 159 of his book:
“The reference to “photochemical” must be a misprint or mistranslation, since no such process seems to exist. It occurs several times in the manuscript.”
At a lecture of the group by Heisenberg on 14 August 1945 the following discussion occurred:
After mentioning the Clusius Dickel tube method, Harteck said...
The other way is photo-chemical, that you just go on trying at it with a big staff. As soon as one has the photo-chemical process, it is much cheaper than the mass spectrograph and in any case naturally for any other purposes you would want to try out the Isotope Lock (Bagge’s Isotope Sluice?) and the centrifuge and such methods, for one should not rely on one method. If you consider theis whole program of work with the heavy water and low temperatures and the photochemistry and all that involves, I’m not certain these fellows (Americans) can do it at all.
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