The Jewish story behind 'Oppenheimer,' explained


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The real Oppenheimer shown in an undated photo.

(JTA) - Today is not just "Barbie" release day - moviegoers are also planning to fill theaters across the United States to see Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" biopic.

Many hope it will answer a question that has long divided Americans and the country's understanding of its history: Who exactly was J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb?

Oppenheimer's name has become "a metaphor for mass death beneath a mushroom cloud," in the words of Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, whose 2005 book "American Prometheus" was adapted into Nolan's film. But to fully understand the physicist, biogr...

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