The dropping of Little Boy on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and Fat Man on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, killed over 200,000 people, leveled the urban landscapes of the two cities, and fueled the development of a vibrant anti-nuclear peace movement in postwar Japan. Emperor Hirohito's surrender speech, broadcast on radio just 6 days after the bombing of Nagasaki also laid the groundwork for a postwar narrative of Japanese victimization. In this talk, Professor Elizabeth D. Lublin will discuss that narrative and consider how public museums, the writings of survivors, and popular culture have both advanced and contested it.
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