In the final episode of our series on the atomic bomb, we’ll talk a bit about some other theories related to the bomb before closing with some general thoughts about the bomb and what it says about how we approach and write history.
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One of the film posters for The Beginning or the End.
Another poster for the movie.
Harry S. Truman announces the unconditional surrender of Japan, August 15, 1945. His views on the bomb appear somewhat conflicted; while he always defended its use in public in private he expressed some reservations about its power and after August 10, 1945 he called a halt to all further uses of the weapon. According to witnesses, he said he didn’t feel comfortable “killing all those kids.”
In this scene from The Beginning or the End, planners determine the nature of the attack on Hiroshima. The movie contained several substantial historical “embellishments”.