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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Peace and Social JusticeTimothy WhitehouseComment

If you are considering joining us on August 6 and August 9 for the commemorations of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, you might want to read, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, by Susan Southard.

In a moving review of the book, Carlos Lozada of the Washington Post writes that the stories of the hibakusha (survivors of the bombings) are as timely as ever. "American politicians debating the nuclear deal with Iran," he notes, "would do well to spend some time with Southard’s Nagasaki. It does not tell us what to do. It only reminds us of the stakes."

Southard's book and the commemorations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remind us not only of the horrors of atomic weapons, but also that the stakes - humanity's very survival - are indeed high.