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August 8, 1997 | SUSAN ABRAM
Activists will create origami cranes Saturday to honor those hurt or killed when the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. The event, sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the United Nations Assn. of the United States of America, will pay special tribute to Sadako Sasaki, who believed that if she created 1,000 cranes through origami, the ancient art of folding paper, she would recover from the bomb blasts.
August 6, 1997
Fifty-two years to the day after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, members of the Japanese American community in West Los Angeles will mark the event tonight. The 7 p.m. commemoration at the West Los Angeles United Methodist Church, part of a series of nationwide events, will feature a moment of silence and prayer, followed by presentation of a new play featuring quotes from survivors of the bombing.
August 9, 1996
You carried a commentary ("The Presidents Have No Regrets," Aug. 4), by the apologists Robert Jay Lifton and Greg Mitchell, once again crying over our collective guilt in the dropping of two A-bombs on Japan. By coincidence, Book Review carried a review of "History Wars," a book of essays which helps to set the record straight. In my view, Hiroshima was not a "payback" for anything. War is hell, and the U.S. found the way to create a hell on Earth for its enemy before they could do the same to us. At least a million Japanese casualties had already resulted from the firebombing night raids of U.S. B-29s, which destroyed Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Kobe.
August 4, 1996 | ROBERT JAY LIFTON and GREG MITCHELL, Robert Jay Lifton and Greg Mitchell are coauthors of "Hiroshima in America: A Half Century of Denial," just reissued in paperback
We've always known where Harry Truman stood ("I have no qualms about it whatever"). Now we know that Bill Clinton and Bob Dole stand beside him. This assures that an important historical record will continue into the next century: Not a single American president, while in office, has questioned the use of the atomic bomb against Japan in August 1945. The likelihood of a Clinton-Dole division on this issue might seem strong.
In a poignant ceremony, Japan marked the apocalyptic advent of the nuclear age 50 years ago today with doves, song and silent prayer for the victims of Hiroshima. At exactly 8:15 a.m.--the historic moment when an American B-29 dropped the world's first atomic bomb over this western Japanese city--Hiroshima became hushed, as heads bowed amid a silence broken only by the striking of the city peace bell and the incessant drone of cicadas.
The Japanese Parliament unanimously enacted a resolution Friday condemning China's nuclear testing and demanding that France retract its plans to conduct nuclear tests in the South Pacific. The action came two days before the 50th anniversary of America's dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War II. It was part of an extraordinary five-day session of Parliament convened to elect officers for the upper house after an election of half its members.
August 5, 1995 | Associated Press
A majority of Americans continue to approve of the decision--made 50 years ago--to drop atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, according to the Gallup Poll. Most Americans feel that dropping the bombs saved American lives, but there is a mixed assessment of whether the bombs ultimately saved more Japanese lives than they cost. A Gallup survey, conducted between Aug. 10 and Aug.
August 5, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
A delegation of U.S. religious figures and peace activists will mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima by publicly apologizing to the Japanese people for the massive destruction caused by the bomb. "Five decades after the atomic bombings, the U.S. government has yet to issue an apology," said Jo Becker, executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith pacifist organization founded in 1915 and based in Nyack, N.Y.
"We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world," Harry S. Truman wrote in his diary when he learned that the atom bomb had passed its first test with a horrendous bang. The device, the President speculated, might even portend "the fire and destruction" prophesied in Scripture. The man who first brought Truman the news of plans to develop the bomb, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, held a similar view, calling the weapon "the most terrible . . .
August 4, 1995 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Showtime's "Hiroshima" has President Harry S. Truman joyously proclaiming about dropping the first atomic bomb that instantly killed at least 70,000 Japanese, most of them civilians: "This is the greatest thing in history!" Coming near the end of this ambitious depiction, Truman's line speaks to today's enduring ambivalence over his decision to hit Hiroshima with the bomb on Aug. 6, 1945, and over the U.S. obliterating Nagasaki with a second A-bomb three days later.
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