“Why are you interested in this man?” they usually ask me. I don't know the answer. It just happened. Maybe my interest in the life of Fritz Houtermans started when I began coming across repeated references in various books to a gifted German physicist who emigrated to the USSR after Hitler came to power, was arrested by the Soviets in 1937 as a German spy and then was extradited back to Germany in 1940, only to return to occupied Kharkov two years later with the conquering Nazis.
The Eventful Life of Fritz Houtermans
Iosif B. Khriplovich; The Eventful Life of Fritz Houtermans. Physics Today 1 July 1992; 45 (7): 29–37. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.881313
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