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English teacher moonlighting as school newspaper coach. I like words. The picture below is of plants called succulents. I like that word: succulents.

Hiroshima: As If Still Burning

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We must never forget. Like the Holocaust, this must be taught so that the next generation will teach their children.

Pandaemonium

hiroshima before    hiroshima after

This week marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Today marks  the anniversary of an even more grotesque event – the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Three days later the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. These remain the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare.

Some 12 km² of Hiroshima were destroyed, as were around 69% of the city’s buildings. The images above, which were taken by the US military on the day, show Hiroshima before and after the bombing. Some 66,000 people are thought to have died in Hiroshima on the day; probably a similar number again died over the next four months as a result of their injuries or from radiation sickness. So fierce was the heat that people were vaporised but their shadows left upon the walls.

In the years since the…

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Author: rainteach

High school English teacher. Sponsor: IKE PATRIOT online newspaper, Poetry Out Loud, and Amnesty International Student Organization.

One thought on “Hiroshima: As If Still Burning

  1. Maybe instead of sentimental moral preening on behalf a fascist aggressor state, that fought on unbowed after its Nazi ally surrendered, you could have some sympathy for the tens of millions of victims of Japanese fascism in Asia? You can start with my grandmother being raped day in, day out for over four years by a Japanese soldier and not even living to see the Japanese government apologize.

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