The pictures were found in a camera purchased in 1946. The film it contained had never been developed until 10 years ago.

Below is a 1946 New Yorker piece

Hiroshima by John Hersey

At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in the plant office and was turning her head to speak to the girl at the next desk. At that same moment, Dr. Masakazu Fujii was settling down cross-legged to read the Osaka Asahi on the porch of his private hospital, overhanging one of the seven deltaic rivers which divide Hiroshima; Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, a tailor’s widow, stood by the window of her kitchen, watching a neighbor tearing down his house because it lay in the path of an air-raid-defense fire lane; Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, a German priest of the Society of Jesus, reclined in his underwear on a cot on the top floor of his order’s three-story mission house, reading a Jesuit magazine, Stimmen der Zeit; Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, a young member of the surgical staff of the city’s large, modern Red Cross Hospital, walked along one of the hospital corridors with a blood specimen for a Wassermann test in his hand; and the Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto, pastor of the Hiroshima Methodist Church, paused at the door of a rich man’s house in Koi, the city’s western suburb, and prepared to unload a handcart full of things he had evacuated from town in fear of the massive B-29 raid which everyone expected Hiroshima to suffer. A hundred thousand people were killed by the atomic bomb, and these six were among the survivors. They still wonder why they lived when so many others died. Each of them counts many small items of chance or volition—a step taken in time, a decision to go indoors, catching one streetcar instead of the next—that spared him. And now each knows that in the act of survival he lived a dozen lives and saw more death than he ever thought he would see.

At the time, none of them knew anything.

The bombing was justified.  Millions would have died had an invasion of Japan been necessary.


  • LauraS

    My dad’s uncle died as a Japanese POW working on the Siam-Burma railway. While I understand the importance of commemorating events like Hiroshima, I am sickened by the way anti-nuke activists use the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to portrayed Japan as the innocent victim and America as the vile aggressors. There was a very valid reason for dropping the bomb, and you are 100% right that it saved millions of lives, including Japanese soldiers.

    My uncle was interred in the same camp as British POW and cartoonist/artist Ronald Searle. Searle’s book, To the Kwai and Back, is a harrowing account of what the POWs endured. Lest we forget.

    Some former POWs recently received an apology for being used as slave labour–I think from Mitsubishi. It is a start.

    • FactsWillOut

      In the Burma campaigns, the fact that the Japs were so evil to prisoners drove Brit troops to great acts of courage…Brits outfighting Japs and Burmese in their native jungles.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        One of the leading British commanders, Orde Wingate, invented modern special operations warfare. The Navy Seals and Green Berets owe him a major debt of gratitude.

    • In South Korea, August 14th has just been voted in as an extra national holiday to commemorate seventy years since it was freed from militaristic Japanese rule.

      In case those anti-nuke activists thought the war began in a vacuum.

      • mobuyus

        Anti nuke activists have a mental vacuum.

    • Xavier

      Japanese soldiers were brutal sadistic animals and the average Japanese citizen was an integral part of a nationwide cottage industry for munitions and military equipment. It was expected by Allied leaders and soldiers that the fighters in Europe would be transferred to the Pacific for a bloody house-by-house campaign to conquer Japan. Thank God for Leo Szilard – he saved millions.

      • Linda1000

        Another book you might enjoy is “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. It tells the story of Louis Zamperini -an airman on a B-24 bomber called Super Man – 1943 fighting Jap Zeros. It has a lot of detail about POWs in the mainland Japanese camps.

    • I will check out Searle’s book thanks.

  • FactsWillOut

    “The bombing was justified. Millions would have died had an invasion of Japan been necessary.”<–well said BCF.
    I should add that the same is true of Dresden, Hamburg and so on.

    • Phil White Pig

      That’s BS

      • FactsWillOut

        Fuck off, Jew hating libtard troll.

  • andycanuck

    The Japanese also inflate the number of dead on purpose including taking anyone in the cities who survived and no matter when they did die, even 40 years later in Tokyo after being hit by a car, and add them to the H&N death tolls as they were “victims” of the bombing.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Kinda like if you are smoking a cigarette when you get hit by a car.
      Smoking related death.
      28 days quit.

      • Maggat

        Good on ya. I’ve lasted 20 years. The way I smoked , shows it can be done.

      • andycanuck

        Be careful crossing the street, Dance…, and best of luck quitting just like BCF.

  • Phil White Pig

    Someday soon that will be Tel Aviv

  • canminuteman

    The people in Hiroshima would all have died with or without the bomb. More people were killed in Tokyo than either Hiroshima or Nagasaki, it just took more resources to do it.

    On 9-10 March there was the “operation meetinghouse” raid on Tokyo. 334 B29’s bombed Tokyo, totally destroying 15.8 square miles of the city and killing an estimated 100,000 people. This is generally considered the most destructive air raid in history. When Tokyo was nothing but rubble and ash they would have moved on to other cities, Hiroshima would have got it eventually.
    This would have happened night after night until the war ended. The Japanese are lucky the Americans nuked some sense into them.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      A 91-year-old member of my religious congregation was a bombardier on a B-29 who flew more than 25 missions over Japan. I told him that if he were to tour China now and his deeds were made known to them, he would be given a hero’s welcome.

    • The Japanese are lucky the Chinese didn’t have the bomb!

    • pike bishop

      They seem very polite now.

      • If one has ever visited Nagasaki, one notices an air of effusive etiquette.

        One also notices buildings that have not been destroyed due to the hilly topography of the city.

        • pike bishop

          It must be sobering to have that happen to your city.

          • William Tecumseh Sherman noted that the Confederates should be so broken that they no longer have a taste for war.

            That is what happened to Japan.

          • pike bishop

            A lot of Southerners are very polite also.

          • Then Sherman was right.

          • pike bishop

            It seems being truly humbled in war brings about some introspection.

          • Along with expectations that this won’t occur again.

            Not with Iran and North Korea.

          • pike bishop

            I see a comuppance in their future. So many anti Americans talk about their swagger. American power has hardly been exercised in my lifetime.

          • I see a swath of destruction.

            The left and their willing morons can’t remain un-entangled forever.

          • pike bishop

            Reading the history tells me the left must devour itself.

  • Xavier

    This book is magnificent and should be required reading.


    • Thank you I will check that out.

      • LauraS

        You (and perhaps Pip) would also enjoy Searle’s Cats. 🙂

        If you only knew Searle from his lighthearted drawings (St. Trinian’s or Molesworth, for example), you’d never know he endured such horrific treatment during WWII.

        After the war, he tracked down my dad’s Gran and sent her a sketch of my great-uncle. A very moving gesture, considering he must have wanted to move on with his life and forget about his POW experiences.

        • I will look for those thank you Laura. It was a lovely gesture by him to your Dad’s Gran.

  • Clink9

    “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

    We need more resolve, please sir.

  • Edubeat

    “It is good that war is so terrible to behold for we might grow too fond of it” Gen.Robert E. Lee CSA

  • UCSPanther

    The Japanese certainly deserved a slap, and then some when one takes into account their rampages in China and the surrounding area:


    • Gary

      Islam needs a good slap because Japan was only a bully since 1931 and slaughtered Civilians for just 14 years , islam has done it for 1400 years.

      Zero in on Mekkah and give muslims just 1 years to stop all the crap with suicide-bombers and beheading babies.
      If they choose not to end this global slaughter and desire to murder jews and gays for allah, the 6,000,000,000 non-muslims on earth won’t miss this 8th century cult hiding behind a veneer of peace to make world better.

      • Blind Druid

        As I’m so fond of saying – “We can still drill for oil thru glass”.

        • Clausewitz

          I have a t shirt to that effect.

  • Brett_McS

    These days the Japanese take all their sadistic impulses out on game show participants.

    • Blind Druid

      Karaoke is the Jap revenge on the West for Hiroshima

  • Hard Little Machine

    Nearly a quarter million Japanese civilians died in the fighting on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. This little recognized fact underscores that wars are not nice.