Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Hiroshima Maidens

Yesterday was the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb used as a weapon against a civilian population. I found this excerpt from the movie called White Light/Black Rain made in 2007 by Stephan Okazaki.
It is very poignant because it features a Japanese Methodist Minister, The Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto who was a witness to the bombing. He survived because as luck would have it, he was helping a friend move to a suburb of Hiroshima and was outside of the immediate blast zone.
He became a very prominent anti nuclear activist and sponsored a project to bring victims of the blast to the USA for plastic surgery. This excerpt documents a very bizarre, but ultimately moving encounter between The Reverend Tanimoto and the captain, Robert Lewis, of the Enola Gay, the plane which dropped the bomb, on the television program, This Is Your Life in 1955.
Tanimoto was not informed that Lewis was going to be on the set.
Lewis went on to become an anti nuclear activist in his own right.....
This section of the documentary features narration by one of the Hiroshima Maidens as they came to be called who were brought to the USA for reconstructive surgery.

1 comment:

mud_rake said...

Isn't it odd that so many right-wingers have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to the A-bomb, when they have no concept of what that type of decision really entails?