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Culture in Crisis – “Hiroshima” – John Heresy

December 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Hiroshima, History, Japan, Nuclear Weapons, Uncategorized, War, WW2

To Father Kleinsorge, an Occidental, the silence in the grove by the river, where hundreds of gruesomely wounded suffered together, was one of the most dreadful and awesome phenomena of his whole experience. The hurt ones were quiet; no one wept, much less screamed in pain; no one complained; none of the many who died did so noisily; not even the children cried; very few people even spoke. And when Father Kleinsorge gave water to some whose faces had been almost blotted out by flash burns, they took their share and then raised themselves a little and bowed to him, in thanks.

I do wonder how much of this is Western projection. The Japanese accounts of Hiroshima recount plenty of noise and screaming. It’s all relative I guess, but while first-hand, the account above strains belief a little.

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