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注 こちらは2015年の動画です。


John Herseyのヒロシマはこのブログでは何度か取り上げています。今年のAP通信の記事でも触れられていますね。

For nearly 70 years, until he turned 85, Lee Jong-keun hid his past as an atomic bomb survivor.
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content Aug. 4, 2020, at 4:21 a.m.

“I can’t live for another 50 years,” said Koko Kondo, 75, who was an 8-month-old baby in her mother’s arms when their house collapsed from the blast about a kilometer (half a mile) away. “I want each child to live a full life, and that means we have to abolish nuclear weapons right now.”

Even after so many years, too many nuclear weapons remain, Kondo said, adding, “We are not screaming loud enough for the whole world to hear.”

Kondo, who survived the blast as a baby, is the daughter of the Rev. Kiyoshi Tanimoto, one of six atomic bomb survivors featured in John Hersey’s book “Hiroshima.” She struggled for decades until she reached middle age to overcome the pain she experienced in her teens and the rejection by her fiance.

She was almost 40 when she decided to follow her father’s path and become a peace activist. She was inspired by his last sermon, in which he spoke about devoting his life to Hiroshima’s recovery.



情報統制をしたい米国政府の意向がある中、どのようにしてこの作品が生まれたのか、そのあたりを詳しく取り上げた書籍が出たようですね。早速買ったので、Countdown1945を早く読み終えなくてはなりません(汗)

August 4, 20205:09 PM ET
Heard on All Things Considered

(Amazonの紹介文)
Just days after the United States decimated Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear bombs, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. But even before the surrender, the US government and military had begun a secret propaganda and information suppression campaign to hide the devastating nature of these experimental weapons. The cover-up intensified as Occupation forces closed the atomic cities to Allied reporters, preventing leaks about the horrific long-term effects of radiation which would kill thousands during the months after the blast. For nearly a year the cover-up worked—until New Yorker journalist John Hersey got into Hiroshima and managed to report the truth to the world. 

As Hersey and his editors prepared his article for publication, they kept the story secret—even from most of their New Yorker colleagues. When the magazine published “Hiroshima” in August 1946, it became an instant global sensation, and inspired pervasive horror about the hellish new threat that America had unleashed. Since 1945, no nuclear weapons have ever been deployed in war partly because Hersey alerted the world to their true, devastating impact. This knowledge has remained among the greatest deterrents to using them since the end of World War II.

Released on the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Fallout is an engrossing detective story, as well as an important piece of hidden history that shows how one heroic scoop saved—and can still save—the world.

書籍の抜粋版をこちらで読むことができます。

An excerpt from the new book Fallout reveals how John Hersey planned his now-legendary trip to Hiroshima.
BY LESLEY M.M. BLUME
 AUG 4, 2020

ワシントンポストでは最初の動画で登場していたKoko Tanimoto Kondoさんに触れています。語り継ぐことの大切さを垣間見れるところです。

By Katie Hafner
Katie Hafner is a journalist and author of six works of non-fiction, including “Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet” (with Matthew Lyon). She hosts the weekly podcast Our Mothers Ourselves.
August 7, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. GMT+9

But here’s a hint that Hersey might have approved of Blume’s book. Among the dozens of people Blume thanks in her acknowledgments is one Koko Tanimoto Kondo. Kondo is the daughter of the above-mentioned Rev. Tanimoto. Kondo was an infant in her mother’s arms when the bomb hit. Both were buried under heavy wood and rubble. Her mother managed to scratch out a hole in the debris big enough to push the baby through. When Blume traveled to Hiroshima for research, Kondo was her guide through the city. It seems fitting that Blume dedicated her book to Kondo, a gesture to the shining light of humanity that infused Hersey’s original article. It’s a gesture Hersey is likely to have appreciated.

ヒロシマが書籍化される前に掲載されたのが雑誌New Yorker。1985年の後日談も含めて今でも読めるようになっています。

Hiroshima
By John Hersey
August 24, 1946

Hiroshima: The Aftermath
Survivors’ stories.
By John Hersey July 8, 1985

さらにはJohn Herseyの全体像に迫るレポートもありました。

Hersey pioneered a radically new form of journalism. But he grew convinced that his higher calling was fiction, and nobody could persuade him otherwise.
By Nicholas Lemann April 22, 2019

ニュース=フェイク、党派的、政府の言いなり、という状況になっている感じもしますが、こういう本来のジャーナリズムの存在価値を改めて感じさせてくれる一冊になりそうです。
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