The Enigma Machine is an encryption device developed and used in the early- to mid-20th century to protect commercial, diplomatic and military communication. It was employed extensively by Nazi Germany during World War II, in all branches of the German military.
Believed to be unbreakable at the time, Enigma encryption was broken first in 1932 by cryptanalytic attacks from the Polish Cipher Bureau, which passed its techniques to their French and British allies in 1939. Subsequently, a dedicated decryption center was established by the United Kingdom at Bletchley Park as part of the Ultra program for the rest of the war. The United States helped with the cause of breaking Enigma. The United States Naval Computing Machine Laboratory was established in 1942 by the Navy and National Cash Register Company (NCR, relocated to Atlanta in 2009) to design and manufacture a series of code-breaking machines (“bombes”) targeting German Enigma machines. The laboratory constructed 121 bombes and was pivotal to the Allied effort to win the war.
Do you remember watching The Imitation Game, the story about a small team of young British men (and Joan Clark) charged with cracking the code of the German’s “unbreakable” decryption device? Well mark your calendars now and join us on Thursday, March 19th for the unveiling of this historically significant exhibit recently added to the collection.
Several dignitaries and notable guests will attend the event, including British Consul General in Atlanta Andrew Staunton. Staunton has been in Atlanta since June 2018 and is the senior United Kingdom government representative in the Southeast whose responsibilities, among others, include working to promote U.K.-U.S. trade and investment, and building scientific and research cooperation.
We’re excited to have Dr. Kristie Macrakis, author, historian and professor at Georgia Tech deliver a keynote address during this special event. Her work focuses on the intersection of espionage history and the history of technology. After the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to slip on a white glove and use the machine before it takes its place under a secure plexiglass column. You don’t want to miss this opportunity!
The evening will begin at 6:00pm with light appetizers and tours around the museum. A cash bar is also available.
Advance tickets for this event are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Tickets purchased at the door will be $30. Attendees must be 21 years old or older.
The museum is thankful for our sponsor Interdev for supporting this event.
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Come to the Enigma Unveiling Event. See up close the machine that led to the start of digital computing.