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What an atomic bomb looks like from just outside the blast zone: Japanese American photographer finally talks about it

The German news magazine Der Spiegel has an incredible, and disturbing, story about photographers and filmmakers who worked for the US government in the Cold War years, chronicling atomic bomb test blasts… from 3.1 miles from ground zero, just outside the blast zone and considered a safe distance. One surviving photographer, George Yoshitake, shot photos […]

Reiko Rizzuto’s “Hiroshima in the Morning” is a powerful memoir

The media are reporting on how Muslim Americans are braced for attacks this weekend, because of the 9/11 anniversary. I know what that’s like, unfortunately, though not on the scale of violence and hatred Muslims are facing today. It’s a sad commentary on the state of American “patriotism” that Japanese Americans still get nervous every […]

Atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki are faded memories in U.S.

Mention August 6 to most Americans, young or old, and my guess is you’ll get a blank stare. “What about August 6?” Mention Hiroshima and you might get a second blank stare. Most Americans can’t name the date that the first atomic bomb was dropped, Aug. 6 1945 on the city of Hiroshima. Three days […]