First Into Nagasaki

Their dramatic testimonies sum up one of the least-known chapters of the war—but those stories, too, were silenced.

Author: George Weller

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307351610

Category: History

Page: 352

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George Weller was a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter who covered World War II across Europe, Africa, and Asia. At the war’s end in September 1945, under General MacArthur’s media blackout, correspondents were forbidden to enter both Nagasaki and Hiroshima. But instead of obediently staying with the press corps in northern Japan, Weller broke away. The intrepid newspaperman reached Nagasaki just weeks after the atomic bomb hit the city. Boldly presenting himself as a U.S. colonel to the Japanese military, Weller set out to explore the devastation. As Nagasaki’s first outside observer, long before any American medical aid arrived, Weller witnessed the bomb’s effects and wrote “the anatomy of radiated man.” He interviewed doctors trying to cure those dying mysteriously from “Disease X.” He typed far into every night, sending his forbidden dispatches back to MacArthur’s censors, assuming their importance would make them unstoppable. He was wrong: the U.S. government censored every word, and the dispatches vanished from history. Weller also became the first to enter the nearby Allied POW camps. From hundreds of prisoners he gathered accounts of watching the atomic explosions bring an end to years of torture and merciless labor in Japanese mines. Their dramatic testimonies sum up one of the least-known chapters of the war—but those stories, too, were silenced. It is a powerful experience, more than 60 years later, to walk with Weller through the smoldering ruins of Nagasaki, or hear the sagas of prisoners who have just learned that their torment is over, and watch one of the era’s most battle-experienced reporters trying to accurately and unsentimentally convey to the American people scenes unlike anything he—or anyone else—knew. Weller died in 2002, believing it all lost forever. Months later, his son found a fragile copy in a crate of moldy papers. This historic body of work has never been published. Along with reports from the brutal POW camps, a stirring saga of the worst of the Japanese “hellships” which carried U.S. prisoners into murder and even cannibalism, and a trove of Weller’s unseen photos, First into Nagasaki provides a moving, unparalleled look at the bomb that killed more than 70,000 people and ended WWII. Amid current disputes over the controlled embedding of journalists in war zones and a government’s right to keep secrets, it reminds us how such courageous rogue reporting is still essential to learning the truth.

Sonnets of Death and Love

A series 36 original sonnets by Anthony Weller are paired with collage paintings and drawings by Mary Heebner, in this independently published paperback book from Simplemente Maria Press

Author: Anthony Weller

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ISBN: 9781734676815

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Page: 101

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A series 36 original sonnets by Anthony Weller are paired with collage paintings and drawings by Mary Heebner, in this independently published paperback book from Simplemente Maria Press

The New Yorker

THE CENSORED EYEWITNESS DISPATCHES ON POST - ATOMIC JAPAN AND
ITS PRISONERS OF WAR Milan Kundera FIRST INTO NAGASAKI Ian Frazier
FOREWORD BY WALTER CRONKITE Adam Gopnik AR GEORGE WELLER 28 ...

Author: Harold Wallace Ross

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Muckenthaler Family

Vi's Son Verne radar man PBM WW II , first to bring mail into Nagasaki . Later a
big scare , one of the engines conks out . Viola says “ My son Verne went into the
service after he went to Fullerton Junior College . He went into the Navy in 1942.

Author: Ronald S. Muckenthaler

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Category: Anaheim (Calif.)

Page: 632

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American Book Publishing Record

54 ' 252244 First into Nagasaki : the censored eyewitness dispatches on post -
atomic Japan and its prisoners of war ... I . Title . HAMA , Larry . 940 . 54 ' 2528
The battle of Iwo Jima : guerilla warfare in the Pacific I by Larry Hama . 1st ed .

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Nagasaki

Published for the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, this is the first study to be based on eye-witness accounts of Nagasaki in the style of John Hersey's Hiroshima.

Author: Susan Southard

Publisher: Souvenir Press

ISBN: 0285643282

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 983

On August 9th, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. It killed a third of the population instantly, and the survivors, or hibakusha, would be affected by the life-altering medical conditions caused by the radiation for the rest of their lives. They were also marked with the stigma of their exposure to radiation, and fears of the consequences for their children. Nagasaki follows the previously unknown stories of five survivors and their families, from 1945 to the present day. It captures the full range of pain, fear, bravery and compassion unleashed by the destruction of a city. Susan Southard has interviewed the hibakusha over many years and her intimate portraits of their lives show the consequences of nuclear war. Nagasaki tells the neglected story of life after nuclear war and will help shape public debate over one of the most controversial wartime acts in history. Published for the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, this is the first study to be based on eye-witness accounts of Nagasaki in the style of John Hersey's Hiroshima. On August 9th, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a 5-tonne plutonium bomb was dropped on the small, coastal city of Nagasaki. The explosion destroyed factories, shops and homes and killed 74,000 people while injuring another 75,000. The two atomic bombs marked the end of a global war but for the tens of thousands of survivors it was the beginning of a new life marked with the stigma of being hibakusha (atomic bomb-affected people). Susan Southard has spent a decade interviewing and researching the lives of the hibakusha, raw, emotive eye-witness accounts, which reconstruct the days, months and years after the bombing, the isolation of their hospitalisation and recovery, the difficulty of re-entering daily life and the enduring impact of life as the only people in history who have lived through a nuclear attack and its aftermath. Following five teenage survivors from 1945 to the present day Southard unveils the lives they have led, their injuries in the annihilation of the bomb, the dozens of radiation-related cancers and illnesses they have suffered, the humiliating and frightening choices about marriage they were forced into as a result of their fears of the genetic diseases that may be passed through their families for generations to come. The power of Nagasaki lies in the detail of the survivors' stories, as deaths continued for decades because of the radiation contamination, which caused various forms of cancer. Intimate and compassionate, while being grounded in historical research Nagasaki reveals the censorship that kept the suffering endured by the hibakusha hidden around the world. For years after the bombings news reports and scientific research were censored by U.S. occupation forces and the U.S. government led an efficient campaign to justify the necessity and morality of dropping the bombs. As we pass the seventieth anniversary of the only atomic bomb attacks in history Susan Southard captures the full range of pain, fear, bravery and compassion unleashed by the destruction of a city. The personal stories of those who survived beneath the mushroom clouds will transform the abstract perception of nuclear war into a visceral human experience. Nagasaki tells the neglected story of life after nuclear war and will help shape public discussion and debate over one of the most controversial wartime acts in history.

American Voyages to the Orient 1690 1865

Nagasaki . At first the Dutch were granted permission to send eight ships
annually to their factory , but in time this nuniber was reduced to two , and finally
to one . ' During the Napoleonic wars , the Dutch , in order to avoid exposing their
own ...

Author: Charles Oscar Paullin

Publisher:

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Category: East Asia

Page: 182

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Through the Eyes of the American Reporters

quuc iitcianv uciure uic uusi nau bciucu. before a hundred minutes had passed,
three journalists who had escaped their death had paid a boatman, piled into his
leaky vessel, and had been rowed, the first argonauts of the atomic age, down ...

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Category: Hiroshima-shi (Japan)

Page: 152

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Jonathan Goble of Japan

At month's end the Lizzie Allen made its way into Nagasaki Bay , a beautiful
harbor overlooked by a city of white - roofed , walled ... The Portuguese had
dominated Nagasaki's trade in the early period , when the city was owned by the
Jesuits .

Author: Franklin Calvin Parker

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 337

View: 396

This is a readable and entertaining account of the most colorful and eccentric missionary in nineteenth-century Japan, Jonathan Goble (1827-1926). Goble first visited Japan as a marine in Commodore Matthew C. Perry's expedition of 1853-54. He won acclaim in the official Narrative of the Expedition for befriending the Japanese castaway Sam Patch. After returning to Japan as a missionary of the American Baptist Free Mission Society, Goble translated more than half the New Testament into Japanese. His Gospel of Matthew is the oldest extant Scripture portion printed in Japan. He preached to samurai and merchants, to outcasts and the blind. Goble led an exciting life not only as a missionary but also as an interpreter, translator, writer, lecturer, inventor, merchant and builder. He rubbed shoulders with Iwakura Tomomi, prime minister; Yamanouchi Yodo, leading daimyo; Iwasaki Yataro, founder of the Mitsubishi financial empire; and other notables. Strong-willed and prone to violence, his maverick ways got him consigned to a Baptist limbo. In this work, the first biography of Goble, his fascinating life illuminates the strange world of Christian missions in nineteenth-century Japan.

Library Journal

Alliance of Enemies : The Untold Story of the Secret American and German
Collaboration to End World War II . Thomas Dunne Bks : St. Martin's . Nov. ... First
into Nagasaki : The three new titles exemplify these traits . Censored Eyewitness
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Fodor s Guide to Japan and East Asia

Two newly - built Nagasaki hotels come closest to the international first - class
standard , but the safest rule in Kyushu is to stay at the best Japanese inn , where
, in many cases , you can have a Western - style room if you wish . Western -
Style ...

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Document of A bombed Nagasaki

We are here by order of the authorities to open a first aid hospital , ” says the
commander gravely , worthy of the name . I am poor - looking , small , and ,
moreover , my navy blue suit is stained with mercurochrome , blood and mud .
Who will ...

Author: Tatsuichirō Akizuki

Publisher:

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Category: Nagasaki-shi (Japan)

Page: 113

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Victorians in Japan

Nagasaki in the southern island of Kyushu was one of the first two. Japanese.
ports. opened. to. British. ships. under. the. terms. of. Article. I. of. the. Convention
concluded at Nagasaki on 14 October 1854 by RearAdmiral Sir John Stirling on ...

Author: Hugh Cortazzi

Publisher: Burns & Oates

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 365

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An anthology of impressions, 'snapshots' and anecdotes -- vignettes conveying vividly what it was like to be a foreigner in Japan in Victorian times. The focus is upon Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Nagasaki and the other Treaty Ports and their vicinity. This amusing and evocative book throws a revealing light both upon the Victorian experience of Japan and upon Japan itself.

Monumenta Nipponica

and recipient , and we should be able to find traces of their mutual relationships
in the resulting painting . ... the Azuchi - Momoyama period stretching into the first
years of the seventeenth century , and 2 ) the Nagasaki screens dating from the ...

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Includes section "Reviews".

Proceedings of the Winter Conference

As one of the first Americans into Nagasaki after the bomb , my mind is still
indelibly etched with the eerie silence , the putrid odors , and the utter desolation
of holocaustic death . This poses the number one challenge to the of our times —
to ...

Author: American Marketing Association

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Category: Marketing

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When the Twain Meet

turned to Germany the same year , and Osawa became the first Japanese to
lecture in physiology and to lead the program . ... Geerts went to Nagasaki in the
summer of 1869 , where he taught chemistry and physics at Yoka , the
preparatory ...

Author: John Z. Bowers

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Category: Medical

Page: 173

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The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima Nagasaki

This is the official report, published nearly 11 months after the first and only atomic bombings in history (to date), of a group of military physicians and engineers who accompanied the initial contingent of U.S. soldiers into the ...

Author: Manhattan District

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781975636876

Category:

Page: 130

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This is the official report, published nearly 11 months after the first and only atomic bombings in history (to date), of a group of military physicians and engineers who accompanied the initial contingent of U.S. soldiers into the destroyed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The report presents a clinical description of the devastation, loss of life and continued suffering of the survivors that resulted from the world's first and only atomic bombings. The appendix is an eyewitness account, contrasting vividly with the dispassionate sang-froid of the report itself, written by a German Jesuit priest who survived the blast at Hiroshima, and whose order assisted in rescue efforts following the catastrophic attack. This recording was completed on the 63rd anniversary of the events...

The Role of Education in the Social and Economic Development of Japan

The Nagasaki Medical College was established in 1861 by the initiative of a
Dutch doctor , whose original idea was accepted by the Nagasaki Magistrate . A
hospital was established , attached to the school , which became the first hospital
 ...

Author: Japan. Mombushō. Nihon Yunesuko Kokunai Iinkai

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Category: Business and education

Page: 429

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Pacific Northwest Quarterly

The Oregon castaways had circumnavigated the globe and undoubtedly were
the first of their countrymen to do so . ... As early as 1797 Captain Stewart sailed
the American ship Eliza under the Dutch flag into Nagasaki , and in the years ...

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The Northwest Mosaic

V 0 W 50 different cotton and woolen fabrics , which from their adaptation to a
temperate climate , were calculated to ... As early as 1797 Captain Stewart sailed
the American ship Eliza under the Dutch flag into Nagasaki , and in the years ...

Author: James A. Halseth

Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Pruett Publishing Company

ISBN:

Category: Discrimination

Page: 301

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