I don’t sleep well at night. I scream myself awake in terror. Not because I might die – well, that, too – but because of my role in making this new world. For a while, I imagined I was like Oppenheimer. That was a lie. I’m no Oppenheimer. He made the atomic bomb because he was seriously concerned that the Nazis would make one first and use it to kill everyone in the world like him.
No, no. I’m more like Bruno Tesch or Karl Weinbacher. You probably don’t know the names, but they were the guys who sold the Nazis Zyklon B to murder a million and something Jewish people. Their motivations were simple and easy to understand. They were paid very well for their roles in killing over a million innocent people.
I’m not Oppenheimer. I wish I were. I’m the person that made Oppenheimer do the terrible things he did.
– Professor Holly Wu