The Prince of the Power of the Air
February 1, 2010
The ammonia synthesis – fixation of nitrogen from air – realized by Fritz Haber, a German Jewish 1918 Nobel laureate, yielded “bread from air”, “gunpowder from air” and “poison from air”
The acquired mass production of nitrogen was essential to advance from a traditional agriculture to an industrial exploitation of soil.
Angel and demon, the molecular product of his mind also became the tool of death: Zyklon B, used to end the lives of millions of Jews, including many members of his own family, in the chambers of concentration. The Haber Rule was based on his mathematical formula for the concentration of gas and the time of exposure needed to assure DEATH.
This legacy of his mind together with his cyanide gas formulation became a golem, an abomination of science, giving rise to a deadly world of fumes.
A gas, he thought, to win the war.
“In peace for mankind, in war for the country”
1868 – 1934