Yesterday was the 69th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, the Nagasaki bombing took place on August 9th. Each year many events take place in these cities to remind the world of the tragedy of these events and to push for peace and a nuclear free world. While the US over time has done much to try to sanitize the history of these events, it was highly criticized at the time. The US suppressed much of the information about the aftermath for years with some of the images and film not being seen until the 1970′s.
Soon after the bombings there was considerable criticism in the US calling it barbaric, not needed and criminal. This criticism came from a number of military and conservative leaders at the time.
The hibakusha were not all Japanese residents of the two cities. This Dutch POW being held in Nagasaki describes his experiences of surviving the atomic …
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