of six films, from the Hiroshima Day website, Austin, Texas
debate on why the bomb was used:
myths of Hiroshima
By Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin,
(coauthors of "American
Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,"
published earlier this year by Knopf.)
..."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..."
Correctness: the Hiroshima cover-up
"This article, which is drawn from
the book, "Hiroshima in America: Fifty Years of Denial", shows
how the media and government have covered up the full story of
the U.S. atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, then
and since. Lessons from this historic episode are applicable to
the current "war on terrorism" even more so now than when the
article originally appeared." (2002)
After Sixty Years: The Debate Continues"
Gar Alperovitz, August 3, 2005
..."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..."
"Unhappy Anniversary of the Bomb"
Matthew Rothschild, August 4, 2005
..."Now, 60 years later, the possibility that the United
States would once again recklessly use nuclear weapons cannot
be discounted. We have leaders in Washington who view atomic weapons
as just another hammer in the toolbox.
Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld are dead set on "modernizing" our
nuclear weapons, and they are preparing scenarios for their use..."
"Brecht and the responsibility
of the scientist": Women and Life on Earth-Southwest
coordinator Constanze Frank speaks at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM. before the showing of "Fat
Man and Little Boy", a film about the Manhattan Project.
H I R O S H
I MA : WAS
This site has many links and a detailed bibliography at:
ATOMIC BOMB--A Study of Aftermath
Anhalt, December 2000
by the photographic work "Hiroshima" by Japanese artist Hiromi
Tsuchida, The Hiroshma Archive was originally set up to join the
on-line effort made by many people all over the world to commemorate
the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing. The archive is intended
to serve as a research and educational guide to those who want
to gain and expand their knowledge of the atomic bombing.
Hiroshima Directory offers Internet resources as well as a selected
bibliography of printed books, articles, and other research materials
regarding the bombing of Hiroshima. Its main foci are history
and the arts.
Gallery shows poignant imagery from the postwar work "Hiroshima"
by Hiromi Tsuchida, published with permission."