Film Series: The Heavy Water War
Where: Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
58 Park Ave.
212-779-3587 Price: $12
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WED—11-2-2016 THROUGH FRI—11-18-2016
WEDNESDAYS—2 PM & FRIDAYS—6:30 PM
Series pass $29 ($17 ASF Members)
$12 ($7 ASF Members)
90 min. | In Norwegian with English subtitles
Presented over the course of three weeks, The Heavy Water War depicts one of the most exciting true-life stories from World War II—the Nazi’s efforts to develop an atom bomb and the Allies’ desperate struggle to prevent it from happening. One of the dramatic high points is the daring sabotage mission to blow up the heavy water factory in the Norwegian mountains in 1943, the outcome of which will determine the future of democracy.
In this first installment, Germany invades Norway and orders a doubling of production at the heavy water plant in Rjukan. Norwegian professor Leif Tronstad escapes to England to warn the Allies about what he believes is an effort to build a German atomic bomb. When Tronstad establishes contact with the War Ministry, a plan to destroy the Hydro facilities is drawn up.