The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) just released never-before-heard audio interviews with top Manhattan Project military leaders and scientists, including Gen. Leslie R. Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer, on the “Voices of the Manhattan Project” website.
Sixty-nine years after the Trinity test on July 16, 1945, the public can listen to the voices of those whose atomic achievements changed the course of world history, politics, science and society.
The interviews provide novel insight into the minds of the men and women who built the world’s first atomic bombs. Groves explained, “I knew it was an impossible task, but my feeling was that while I very much disliked the assignment, as long as that was my assignment, we were going to make it go. This is going to succeed, it’s got to succeed, and we’re going to make it succeed.”
Oppenheimer recalled, “I was more worried about the campaign in Africa and the campaign in Russia when I went to New Mexico than I was about the Germans making a bomb. I thought they might very well be winning the war.”