Prof. Cary Karacas on NPR: “75 Years On, Remember Hiroshima And Nagasaki. But Remember Toyama Too”

A photograph shows Toyama, Japan, aflame after the U.S. attack on Aug. 1, 1945. Most of the city’s population was left homeless.(Source


On the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, EES faculty, Dr. Cary Karacas (CSI) and his colleague Dr. David Fedman, published an op-ed on the National Public Radio website, discussing their research and bilingual digital archive.
“With the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings upon us, we would do well to retrieve the burning of Toyama from the margins of public memory. For too long, scholarly predilections and public fascination with the atomic bomb have divorced the mushroom clouds from the firestorms that preceded them.
Rather than a sideshow to the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, the incendiary destruction of cities was a fundamental facet of the war against Japan. The atomic bombings evolved out of a fierce U.S. campaign to target and destroy entire cities, in hopes of forcing a Japanese surrender.”

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