New Yorker John Hersey Hiroshima

How John Hersey’s Hiroshima revealed the horror of the bomb

I have an original copy of the 31 August 1946 edition of The New Yorker. It has the most innocuous of covers – a delightful playful carefree drawing of summer in a park. On the back cover, the managers of the New York Giants and the New York Yankees encourage you to “Always Buy Chesterfield” cigarettes.

Here is the original article.

  • Millie_Woods

    An interesting account of the destruction and misery that visited Hiroshima that day, as witnessed by 6 survivors. A long read but well worth the time. Surprised to find that Christianity was a growing religion in Japan at that time.

    • simus1

      Christianity was very popular from its introduction but like many new crops, it constantly drew the wrath of established “farmers, fishermen” and suffered almost total eradication many times. One secret cult survived many generations of hideous persecution when the few members known to them would be outed by betrayers.
      It began to fall apart not long after the Japanese government started ignoring them and ceased persecution. There is a lesson there.

  • simus1

    Ah, the usual dirt from the BBC.
    No mention of all the British POWs lives that were saved by the bombs?
    No mention of the millions of soldiers lives on all sides saved by the bombs?
    No mention that the B-29s were literally on a knife edge performance wise getting into the air with their atomic bombs?

    No mention that the huge resources devoted to perfecting the atomic weapon had left others to die for lack of priority regarding their needs?

    Just the usual lefty crap?