Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

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Hiroshima, Nagasaki: never again!

August 2014: In Japan and around the world, the 69th anniversary of the first use of atomic power against human beings will be remembered.
Hiroshima on August 6th - a city, a symbol, and a call to end the atomic age.
On the morning of August 6th, 1945, an unusual new kind of weapon was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. Three days later a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
See original photographs with information on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

See our report: Women and the Bomb

Sources of information and campaigns for nuclear disarmament:

The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War IPPNW has launched an International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Mayors for Peace:

"On June 24, 1982, at the 2nd UN Special Session on Disarmament held at UN Headquarters in New York, then Mayor Takeshi Araki of Hiroshima proposed a new Program to Promote the Solidarity of Cities toward the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. This proposal offered cities a way to transcend national borders and work together to press for nuclear abolition. Subsequently, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki called on mayors around the world to support this program.

The Mayors for Peace is composed of cities around the world that have formally expressed support for the program Mayor Araki announced in 1982. As of August 1, 2011, membership stood at 4,892 cities in 151 countries and regions."

See a map showing the cities that have signed on.

The Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo) was established in September 1955. Since then it has waged various kinds of campaigns for: the prevention of nuclear war; the total ban on and the elimination of nuclear weapons; and support and solidarity with Hibakusha (victims of the atomic bombing.)

The debate on why the bomb was used:

The myths of Hiroshima
By Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin,
(coauthors of "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer")

..."The bomb was dropped, as J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project, said in November 1945, on 'an essentially defeated enemy.' President Truman and his closest advisor, Secretary of State James Byrnes, quite plainly used it primarily to prevent the Soviets from sharing in the occupation of Japan. And they used it on Aug. 6 even though they had agreed among themselves as they returned home from the Potsdam Conference on Aug. 3 that the Japanese were looking for peace..."

Patriotic Correctness: the Hiroshima cover-up

"In the weeks following the atomic attacks on Japan sixty-six years ago this week, and then for decades afterward, the United States engaged in airtight suppression of all film shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bombings. This included vivid color footage shot by U.S. military crews and black-and-white Japanese newsreel film."...

Daniel Ellsberg: Hiroshima Day: America Has Been Asleep at the Wheel for 64 Years (http://www.ellsberg.net/archive/hiroshima-day-america-has-been-asleep-at-the-wheel-for-64-years) August 6, 2009
A moving and thought-provoking essay on the connections between Hiroshima and his own life.

"Hiroshima After Sixty Years: The Debate Continues"

..."Did the atomic bomb, in fact, cause Japan to surrender? Most Americans think the answer is self-evident. However, many historical studies–including new publications by two highly regarded scholars--challenge the conventional understanding. In a recently released Harvard University Press volume drawing upon the latest Japanese sources, for instance, Professor Tsuyohsi Hasegawa concludes that the traditional “myth cannot be supported by historical facts.” By far the most important factor forcing the decision, his research indicates, was the Soviet declaration of war against Japan on August 8, 1945, just after the Hiroshima bombing..."

Brecht and the responsibility of the scientist
WLOE member Constanze Frank spoke at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM. before the showing of "Fat Man and Little Boy", a film about the Manhattan Project.

Hiroshima: Was it necessary?
This site has many links and sources for more information.

What We’ve Learned from the Atomic Bomb Survivors
By Barbara Schaal, on December 8th, 2010