Heinz Barwich

German physicist

Heinz Barwich (July 22, 1911April 10, 1966) was a German nuclear physicist. He was deputy director of the Siemens Research Laboratory II in Berlin. At the close of World War II, he followed the decision of Gustav Hertz, to go to the Soviet Union for ten years to work on the w:Soviet atomic bomb project, for which he received the Stalin Prize. He was director of the Zentralinstitut für Kernforschung (Central Institute for Nuclear Research) at Rossendorf near Dresden. For a few years he was director of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. In 1964 he defected to the West.

Heinz Barwich (left), in 1958


  • 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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