It must be stated that VON BRAUN used HITLER and the WAR as much as the WAR and HITLER used VON BRAUN.
He was an Ambitious man that wanted to go to the Stars. This simple fact was all that spared his life and caused HITLER to throw the light of suspicion onto VON BRAUN'S subordinates.
After all, VON BRAUN had personally selected nearly all the WORKERS/SLAVES, based on their INTELLECT, at all three SECRET FACILITIES.
Bad time to be INTELLIGENT. GERMANY 1938.
IMAGINE: You're a PROFESSOR with an OPINION at a UNIVERSITY. An OFFICE WORKER that VOTED incorrectly.
YOU GOT GOOD GRADES AT SCHOOL....
Imagine voting for BARACK OBAMA or SARAH PALIN in your youth and one disastrous day in the future...The GOVERNMENT comes looking for you? Think it couldn't happen? Look up DASHIELL HAMMETT, author of "THE MALTESE FALCON"...anyway...
Imagine being put to work MILES underground, exposed to deadly gases and toxic materials, EXPLOSIVES, to be lined up against a wall and SHOT like a DOG, or HANGED with a MEAT-HOOK through your skull at the slightest sign of SABOTAGE or DISLOYALTY.
Imagine that just a few days before you were at home with your FAMILY and your PLAYSTATION....
NEVER TO SEE THE SUN AGAIN, yet your work gives MANKIND the STARS...
GERMANY. 1938. Where the FUTURE began.
Von Braun had nothing to gain by SABOTAGE. Though several of VON BRAUNS Top Brains were arrested and interrogated, Von BRAUN pleaded for their lives and HITLER usually relented and allowed the men to go back to PEENEMUNDE, NORDHAUSEN and WASSENAR, the three main FACILITIES.
"FACILITIES". SLAVE LABOR CAMPS for intelligent JEWS,TOO PROUD RUSSIANS, the UNPURE, DISSIDENTS, DISLOYAL GERMANS..
Imagine where TONY STARK was taken to in IRON MAN on a MASSIVE, MASSIVE scale. TENS of THOUSANDS of miserable slaves toiling away UNDERGROUND, 20 hour days, Appalling FOOD, NO TOILETS...NO BEDS...A POLYGLOT of LANGUAGES being spoken, SPIES EVERYWHERE, STOOGES, STOOLIES...
The world of WERNER VON BRAUN.
The ROAD to the FUTURE....
VON BRAUN once stated that all he cared about was the successful launching of his ROCKETS. WHERE THEY FELL WAS NOT HIS CONCERN.
His eye was squarely on the ANTEBELLUM DAYS, the times after the war when MAN would travel to the STARS...