This week, Honest History always tries to recognise the anniversary of the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima (6 August) and Nagasaki (9 August), which brought World War II to an end, but at a terrible cost. We do not this time go into the complex arguments pro- and con- but simply draw readers’ attention to some of the relevant resources on the Honest History site.
Readers can use our Search engine with the terms ‘Hiroshima’ and ‘Nagasaki’ but note these posts particularly:
- Christian Kriticos in The Millions recalls John Hersey’s famous Hiroshima book;
- images of the aftermath;
- another famous article, this time in the London Daily Express by Australian Wilfred Burchett, first on the scene (cover story below);
- Sarah Stillman in the New Yorker on Hiroshima and trauma; and
- some comparative information on wartime bombings. Every year, the Australian commemorative industry makes more of the bombing of Darwin. Yet, it was minor – despite the individual tragedies it involved – in the context of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokyo, Yokohama, Hamburg, Dresden, Stalingrad, London.
Lest We Forget.
8 August 2019
PS The Australian War Memorial marked this week with a Facebook post.
Daily Express (London) 5 September 1945