65 years ago yesterday the first atomic bomb was detonated. Three weeks later John Hersey‘s “Hiroshima” was the first and last single story to fill a full issue of the New Yorker magazine.
“The New Yorker this week devotes its entire
editorial space to an article on the almost complete obliteration of a
city by one atomic bomb, and what happened to the people of that city.
It does so in the conviction that few of us have yet comprehended the
all but incredible destructive power of this weapon, and that everyone
might well take time to consider the terrible implications of its use.”
Yesterday’s annual Hiroshima Peace Ceremony was attended by the
largest number of official representatives, including the UN Secretary
General, Ban Kai-moon, and for the first time ever, the United States
ambassador. A record 67 countries sent diplomatic representatives to
discuss the possibility of ending nuclear weapons. Hopefully, it is not
just lip service.
Let us remember this date and the hundreds of thousands who endured the
first atomic devastation 65 years ago. For a contemporary view, read
this beautiful elegy by Helen Walters.