Bombs Away! Forever!

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By: Steven Heller | August 7, 2010

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At fifteen minutes past eight in the morning on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima. The rest is history and horrorstory.

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 entireeditorial space to an article on the almost complete obliteration of acity 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 theall but incredible destructive power of this weapon, and that everyonemight well take time to consider the terrible implications of its use.”

Yesterday’s annual Hiroshima Peace Ceremony was attended by thelargest number of official representatives, including the UN SecretaryGeneral, Ban Kai-moon, and for the first time ever, the United Statesambassador. A record 67 countries sent diplomatic representatives todiscuss the possibility of ending nuclear weapons. Hopefully, it is notjust lip service.

Let us remember this date and the hundreds of thousands who endured thefirst atomic devastation 65 years ago. For a contemporary view, readthis beautiful elegy by Helen Walters.

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No more Hiroshima

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