On November 10, 2012, surrounded by my two sisters and dear aunt Chiqui, I opened the 1946 letter that inspired our documentary film, Letter From Cloudcroft. The letter was written by my father, Private Sandy Hess from the Lodge Resort in Cloudcroft NM during a weekend respite from the Army. Sandy Hess was the first American GI engineer assigned to work with the German Nazi Rocket Scientists in Project Paperclip. We produced a public symposium funded by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the NEH, that brought Space History and Jewish scholars together to discuss the legacy of the V2 rockets, from their origins in the Holocaust to being the foundation of the American Space Program.

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