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David Rennert

David Rennert

Born in 1984, Rennert studied political sciences at the University of Vienna and is a science editor at the Austrian daily broadsheet “Der Standard”. In collaboration with Tanja Traxler, he co-authored “Lise Meitner – Pionierin des Atomzeitalters”, which was named 2019 scientific book of the year (natural sciences category). Most recently published by Residenz Verlag: “Der Oslo Report” (2021).


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David Rennert - THE OSLO REPORT

How a German physicist revealed the Nazi's secret plans

In 1939, eight weeks after Nazi Germany invaded Poland, two letters arrived at the British embassy in Oslo. Penned by an anonymous sender, the letters described new German weapons systems and outlined the aims of the Wehrmacht's military research programmes. The British secret service feared targeted deception, but a young secret service officer recognised the information as largely accurate and realised it could be used to the advantage of the allies. But who wrote the "Oslo Report"? Hans Ferdinand Mayer, the author of the documents, remains largely unknown to this day. He risked everything and only narrowly escaped death in a concentration camp. In this book, David Rennert traces the astonishing story of the Oslo Report.

Coverabbildung von 'Lise Meitner'

David Rennert Tanja Traxler - Lise Meitner

Pionierin des Atomzeitalters

For Albert Einstein she was “our Madame Curie”, for the Nazis an unwanted Jew and for the tabloid press “the mother of the atom bomb”. Only the second woman to receive a doctorate in physics, Lise Meitner graduated from the University of Vienna in 1906 and established herself in the male dominated science community. In 1938 she fled from the National Socialists and settled in Sweden, where she achieved her big breakthrough together with Otto Frisch: the discovery of the principle of nuclear fission. But the Nobel Prize she deserved eluded her. She spent the final years of her life in Cambridge. The authors paint a portrait of Meitner’s life against the backdrop of the rapid progress of nuclear physics and the great catastrophes of the 20th century, and provide new insights in the world of this unique scientist.