Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hiroshima: memories of a 13 year old girl

In order to be able to act we have to understand the realities of our world. Here I am not talking about abstract theories about our political reality -- we have to understand the fate of our fellow human beings through intimacy, through closeness.
If we can develop that kind of compassion, and see the reality through that lens, we immediately realize that some larger political options, such as the use of nuclear weapons should immediately be taken off the table by prohibition and full dismantlement. Such insight cannot just be intellectual --it requires commitment and engagement of us all.

On the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki day, 2009, Shigeko Sasamori presents her moment to moment description of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima through the eyes of a 13 year old girl.
This is the first part of an in depth conversation between Shigeko Sasamori and Willem Malten in a hotel room in New York City. Music by Peter Gordon.
Shigeko describes the explosion from a distance of less than one and a half kilometer way.

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