Designed to wreak death and destruction on London, the V2 was the world’s first long-range missile.
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HELFAUT, France: The Resistance's struggle against Nazi occupation in World War II is well-documented in France but much less is known about thousands of its members forced to work in Nazi Germany on Hitler's secret weapon: the V2 rockets he hoped would bring Britain to its knees. Now, more than 70 years on, France aims to shed light on, and honor, the nearly 9,000 Resistance members who were among thousands of slave laborers to have toiled in icy underground tunnels.More than a third of the 60,000 people interned at Dora – mainly Russians – died in unimaginable conditions, La Coupole historian Laurent Thiery said.One family that was active on the committee was that of Jean Gineston, a Christian Resistance member, who left both Dora and the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp alive.These include the April 1944 deportation to Helfaut of foreign slave laborers – the majority Russians, Ukrainians and Yugoslavs – who came from the Buchenwald and Neuengamme camps to work on construction.
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