He was fond of reading Proust and Dostoevsky. He studied the Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit, painted landscapes in oil, and flirted with Marxism. His mannerisms -- such as saying "Gee!" when pondering some scientific marvel -- were contagious. And when the US government decided
hundreds of thousands of fishermen, housewives, cooks, potters, and Zen monks as a decisive blow for peace in 1945, he told the commanding officers on the mission, "Don't let them detonate it too high . . . or the target won't get as much damage." He was J. Robert Oppenheimer
, the mild-mannered destroyer of worlds who led
the Manhattan Project, portrayed in a new biography called American Prometheus.
posted by digaman
on Apr 13, 2005 -
How bad was the bombing of Dresden?
It seems there is a veritable industry dedicated to debunking the various and sundry historical accounts different groups hold sacred. I was raised by pacifists and was made very familiar with the stories of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Dresden, in particular. According to this man's new book
, the firebombing of Dresden wasn't quite as bad as it has been made out to be. In fact, much of the evidence for the numbers of dead come from an historian who has since been discredited as a holocaust denier
. Others would argue that a war crime
is a war crime
is a war crime
In the end, do the specific numbers really matter? How less evil is 25,000 dead than 135,000?
posted by piedrasyluz
on Mar 2, 2004 -
is a vivid autobiographical story. Artist Keiji Nakazawa was only seven years old when the Atomic Bomb destroyed his beautiful home city of Hiroshima. The Artist's "Gen" manga (visual novel), tells the tale of one family's struggle to survive in the dreadful shadow of war ... '
"I named my main character Gen in the hope that he would become a root or source of strength for a new generation, one that can tread the charred soil of Hiroshima barefoot, feel the earth beneath its feet, and have the strength to say "NO" to nuclear weapons.... "
More survivors' stories :- Nagasaki Nightmare
, the art of the hibakusha, or A-bomb survivors.Voice of
includes eye-witness accounts of the atom bombing of Hiroshima. Here are more testimonies of survivors.
(Via the A-Bomb WWW Museum
of Hiroshima A-bomb survival, posted
to a message board, with responses from readers.Remembering Nagasaki
, a slide-show of Nagasaki after the A-bomb.The story of Sadako
, an A-bomb victim, and the Thousand Paper Cranes
project she inspired.
posted by plep
on Apr 13, 2003 -