Heinz Barwich

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Heinz Barwich (left).

Heinz Barwich (July 22, 1911April 10, 1966) was a German nuclear physicist who worked on the Soviet atomic bomb with V. S. Emel'ianov. From May 1961 to 1964, he was deputy director of the Soviet Bloc Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. From about September 1962, he was a volunteer CIA agent. On 6 September 1964, while attending the Third UN Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in Geneva, Switzerland, he defected to the US. In December 1964, he testified before the US Senate Subcommittee on Internal Security.


  • Unser ganzes Elend kommt vom Mangel an Zivilcourage.
    • literally: All our misery comes from a deficiency in civil courage.
    • adapted translation: All our suffering comes from a deficiency to stand up for our beliefs.
    • explaining why he defected the Soviet Bloc, as quoted by Egon Vacek in Die Flucht des Atomforschers, Die Zeit, October 29, 1965, Nr. 44.

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