“On August 9, 1945, the B-29 bomber “Bockscar” sliced through the clouds above the Japanese city of Nagasaki and unleashed a 22-kiloton plutonium bomb known as “Fat Man.” The blinding white light that followed was sickeningly familiar to Tsutomu Yamaguchi, an engineer who just three days before had been severely injured in the atomic attack at Hiroshima. Seventy years later, learn the story of the man who endured two separate nuclear blasts and lived to tell the tale.”
Why I love a country that once betrayed me | George Takei
When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security” measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.
The Brothers Rosenberg
“Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s sons tell Anderson Cooper how it felt to be the children of the infamous spies, in a story that sheds new light on a central event of the Cold War”
“The U.S. government conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear bomb tests before the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963 outlawed detonation of the big bombs in space, underwater or in the atmosphere.” To read more go to the Smithsonian
Donald Duck der Nazi
Private Snafu – Spies | 1943 | US Army Animated Training Film
“In December of 1937, the Japanese Imperial Army marched into China’s capital city of Nanking and proceeded to murder 300,000 out of 600,000 civilians and soldiers in the city. The six weeks of carnage would become known as the Rape of Nanking and represented the single worst atrocity during the World War II era in either the European or Pacific theaters of war.”
Many of you expressed interest in learning more about the “Rape of Nanking.“
World War II Propaganda in the US (1942):
The Ducktators is a 1942 Wartime Cartoon released by Warner Brothers and directed by Norm McCabe. It is a satirical allegory forWorld War II depicting Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Hirohito (or Hideki Tojo) as ducks and geese who take over a farm, while a peace dove all lets it happen. The short ends with a propaganda message to buy more war bonds and join the army.
As you watch, consider: what was the message of this piece of propaganda? What does propaganda like this tell us about American sentiment at the time?