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August 10, 2014

Eavesdropping On Hell

Sunday, August 10, 3:00pm


Speaker Dr. David Hatch



From James Bond to Bletchley Circle, Code Makers and Breakers Inspire the Imagination

Hear the Real Stories Behind 4 Jewish Code Breakers

From Navajo Windtalkers to the women of Bletchley Circle, the mysterious world of codes, ciphers and those who make and break them has proven fertile ground for the imagination, inspiring authors, filmmakers, and television producers to tell their stories. This Sunday join us at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as Dr. David Hatch shares some of the true stories about the minds behind America’s efforts in cryptology surrounding World War II.



On loan from the National Cryptologic Museum, Dr. Hatch will focus on four Jewish men working for the U.S. Army. They, along with others, developed techniques and technology vital to breaking Axis codes and ciphers – and even created a cipher of their own for the United States. For national security reasons the contributions of these men and their colleagues were kept secret for decades after the war. Now is your chance to hear those secrets. As a bonus the National Cryptologic Museum has loaned an original enigma machine to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, which will be on display for one day only.



Dr. Hatch’s presentation, Eavesdropping From Hell, takes place at 3:00pm on Sunday, August 10th at the Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus. The program is included with museum admission. Check our website ( or contact Trillion Attwood, 410-732-6400 x215 for more program information.



About Dr. David Hatch



Dr. David A. Hatch has a master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University in the District of Columbia.  After service with the U.S. Army, he took a position with the National Security Agency in 1973.  He spent nearly two decades as an analyst, staff officer, and supervisor.  In 1990, he transferred to NSA’s Center for Cryptologic History; following a convoluted series of retirements and reorganizations, he became the Agency’s Historian.  He is the author of a number of classified and unclassified histories about cryptology and NSA.


Start: August 10, 2014 3:00 pm
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Code This!

Sunday, August 10, 11:00am – 3:00pm


Explore the secret world of coding and decoding past and present.  Learn about encryption, decryption, bar codes and ciphers. We will be welcoming Barcoding Inc. who will reveal the secrets of barcoding and teaching us how this common but mysterious code works. Then create your own secret code and deliver messages with invisible ink.


We also welcome the National Cryptologic Museum and Dr. David Hatch who will demonstrate the uses of the Enigma Machine used in the twentieth century for enciphering and deciphering messages.


At 3pm Dr. Hatch will be presenting his talk Eavesdropping From Hell, on Jewish code breakers of the 1930s. More info HERE.

Start: August 10, 2014 11:00 am
End: August 10, 2014 3:00 pm

August 7, 2014

Can Rockets be Green?

Thursday, August 7, 6:00pm


Speaker Professor Benveniste Natan




Refreshments provided



Can rockets be “green?” You might expect rocket scientists to be more concerned with the atmosphere of space than the environmental challenges here on Earth! But Technion scientists aren’t turning a blind eye to what they can do to improve things here at home. On Thursday, August 7th at 6pm, Professor Benveniste (Benny) Natan visits the Jewish Museum of Maryland to share some of his latest research on producing new rocket fuel that is safer to handle and better for the environment. This talk will be one of his few appearances in the US and is presented in partnership with the American Technion Society.



About Professor Natan

Profofessor Natan heads the Technion Missile Propulsion Laboratory. His research interests focus on propulsion and combustion-related topics, including gel propellants for rocket and ramjet engines, hybrid rockets, boron combustion, combustion of metals, and solid fuel combustion.



He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology Technion) from the Aerospace Engineering department. He has been a member of the faculty since 1991. He was also a visiting professor at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy in 2013-14, and at the National Technical University of Athens in 2003-04. Between 1989-1991 he conducted a two-year post-doctoral research as a National Research Council Research Associate at the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.



Professor Natan was born in Greece in 1954 to Holocaust survivors. He and his wife frequently travel between Israel and Greece.


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Start: August 7, 2014 6:00 pm
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