Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki Seventy-Five Years Later.

Nobody will argue  that 2020 has been a terrible year for the world. And this summer continues to be difficult, what with the Coronavirus cases and fatalities both on the rise.  So it's unsurprising that the 75th anniversary of the Atomic bombings of HIroshima and Nagasaki Japan are not the focus of anyone's attention, right now. 

               Nevertheless I feel it's important to acknowledge this anniversary of  the first uses of Atomic weapons in war, because they changed the world forever.  The bombings did achieve their immediate aim which was to end WWII without having to invade Japan itself, avoiding high casualties on both sides. The world also learned a valuable lesson to fear the power of nuclear war, seeing how dangerous those bombs were even in their crudest early form.  In ending one war, we learned we acquired the means to destroy ourselves. The decades long Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union lead to a costly arms race of developing and testing  weapons we still hope we'll never have to use. It is also important to acknowledge the fearful price the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki paid for the end of World War II.

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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August 2020 observes the 75th anniversary of the first use of Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945. The bombings ended WWII, but our new capacity to destroy ourselves changed the world forever. And the citizens of both cities paid a high price for peace.

John Hersey's famous book follows the stories of six survivors and their experiences of the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath.

Like John Hersey's _Hiroshima_ Charles Pellegrino's book is a collection of eye witness personal accounts from the survivors of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including the few survivors who experienced the bombings of both cities.

Many factors went into the decision to use the Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Takaki focuses on the complex combination of military and political reasons why the weapons were ultimately used.

Rotter looks at the creation of the World's first atomic weapons from an international perspective. The United States was not alone in researching the creation and use of Atomic weapons, since both Allied and Axis countries, notably Nazi Germany, were in competition to develop an effective weapon with the potential to change the outcome of WWII.

Sakamoto tells the story of her family during WWII. Those living in America were interned in camps. The Sakamoto sons and daughters who had been sent to live with relatives in Japan experienced the war from that perspective, including conscription into the Japanese Army and the Bombing of Hiroshima.

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