The German scientists who were working for the Egyptian government in the military field whether they were unrepentant Nazis or had simply been attracted by work prospects such as they would not find in their own country at that time must have known they were helping Nassers Egypt in preparing for a war against the country which had given shelter to hundreds of thousands of survivors of Hitler's policy of extermination. Nasser knew that he could not rely only on the Soviet Union where he was unable to obtain the most up-to-date weapons, and though he was close to Moscow at times, he was unwilling to abandon his countrys non-alignment. The Federal Government finally took the line that in the absence of legislation it would try to exert a moral influence on the nation. The West Germans discreetly recruited their scientists back to the homeland by exerting moral influence, reinforced by substantial material inducements.