“Once presented, the facts will speak for themselves.” — Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Madness
The film examines of the uses of atomic bomb blast footage. It unearths footage long suppressed from the National Archives that shows Japanese victims of the blasts suffering weeks after the bombs had hit. It retells the experience of Japanese documentary Film-maker Akira Iwasaki.
Music by WWI. Mondo NaGaSaKi.
Producer: James Andrew Wagstaff.
Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States.
DEVASTATION CAUSED BY THE BOMBS
-According to the U.S. Department of Energy the immediate effects of the blast killed approximately 70,000 people in Hiroshima.
-Estimates of total deaths by the end of 1945 from burns, radiation and related disease, the effects of which were aggravated by lack of medical resources, range from 90,000 to 166,000.
-Some estimates state up to 200,000 had died by 1950, due to cancer and other long-term effects.
- Another study states that from 1950 to 2000, 46% of leukemia deaths and 11% of solid cancer deaths among bomb survivors were due to radiation from the bombs, the statistical excess being estimated to 94 leukemia and 848 solid cancers.
-At least eleven known prisoners of war died from the bombing.
“As far as his (Albert Einstein) own life was concerned, one thing seemed quite clear. ‘I made one great mistake in my life,’ he said to Linus Pauling, who spent an hour with him on the morning of November 11, 1954, ‘…when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but there was some justification – the danger that the Germans would make them.’”.
~Ronald Clark, Einstein: The Life and Times, pg. 620.