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Author:
DeVorkin, David H  Search this
Co-author:
Neufeld, Michael J. 1951-  Search this
Subject:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Astronautics  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Number of pages: 9; Page numbers : 187-195
Place:
Germany
Date:
2011
Category:
Smithsonian History Bibliography
Notes:
Image is the installation of the V-2 rocket in the Space Hall in the new National Air and Space Museum building in 1976. Negative number 76-7010-16A, by Richard Farrar.
Summary:
Traces the display of the German V-2 rocket after World War II at the National Air and Space Museum. In its initial years of display, it is treated as a "true cross" of technological advance in the Space Age. Later, its construction is placed in the context of Nazi concentration camp labor and its purpose as an object of war. The authors discuss the role of controversial objects in museums in general terms, relating the V-2 missile case to the many objects that have been interpreted and reinterpreted at the National Museum to avoid, to provoke or to respond to controversy.
Contained within:
Endeavour 35, No. 4 (Journal)
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Rocketry  Search this
Rockets (Ordnance)  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
V2 Rocket  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Controversies  Search this
Publisher:
Amsterdam: Elsevier
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13445