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Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Nuclear Weapons - Links

Each of these links is related in some way to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or the history of nuclear weapons. There is something for every taste; choose what interests you. This page was new July 8, 1995, and it was last updated January 31, 2000.

Websites physically located in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are NOT included in this list. For those resources, please see Web Links To Hiroshima and Web Links to Nagasaki.

Central Resources

* The High Energy Weapons Archive - a Guide to Nuclear Weapons - The central Web resource for information on nuclear weapons and their history. Home of the Nuclear Weapons FAQ.
* Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - Founded in 1945 to educate the public about the nuclear age. The web site includes articles from past and current issues, plus useful links.

Online Documents

* Project Whistlestop: Harry S Truman digital archive on the web - Includes documents on Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb. Documents are available as both text and images.
* The Nuclear Files - Seeks to become a central repository of information about all aspects of the nuclear age. Sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Large collection of documents online.
* U.S. Department of Energy Open Net - Searchable database of declassified nuclear documents.
* Office of Human Radiation Experiments - Declassified information about radiation experiments on human subjects by the U.S. government. Includes searchable database.
* The National Security Archive - A large repository of information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by this non-profit, public-interest organization. Nuclear information includes the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

* Hiroshima: Was It Necessary? - Essay by Doug Long, with a separate section of quotations, lengthy bibliography, excerpts from documents, and an archive of Internet debate.
* Why the atomic bomb wasn't necessary to end the war - Essay by Janet Bloomfield, Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (Britain).
* The Atomic Bombings of Japan: A 50-Year Retrospective - An article from the Summer 1995 Airpower Journal by Colonel Ralph J. Capio, USAF, discusses why military officers should consider the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


* Hiroshima Archive - Selected photos from Tsuchida Hiromi's work Hiroshima, indexed links to other atomic-bomb related web sites, course syllabi, and selected print references.
* Voice of Hibakusha - Eyewitness accounts, by survivors, of the bombing of Hiroshima.
* A Personal Record of Hiroshima A-Bomb Survival - Memoirs of Mr. Terao, as posted to a Japanese computer network in 1991, with responses from readers included.
* Hiroshima Panorama Project - For $25, the Hiroshima Panorama Project will send you 3 striking panoramic photos of the destroyed city of Hiroshima. Each is 8 feet wide, printed on heavy chart paper. (I have seen these panoramas, and I am going to make an exception by personally endorsing this product -- Gene Dannen)

Manhattan Project

* LANL Research Library: Los Alamos History - Includes "Los Alamos 50 Years Ago," a history of wartime Los Alamos which includes many photos.
* Argonne National Laboratory History - History of Argonne, including illustrated articles about the first chain reaction and nuclear reactors.
* Trinity Atomic Web Site and HEW Archive (U.S.) - The world's first nuclear weapon was tested on July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. This site includes photos of the test and information about the Trinity site, plus pages on atmospheric testing, civil defense, radiation accidents, and more.
* Children of the Manhattan Project - Did your father or mother work on the Manhattan Project? Network with others at this new club at Yahoo.

Nuclear Testing

This page once included links to web pages worldwide protesting French and Chinese nuclear testing. Then the era of nuclear testing seemed to have passed with the completion of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Then, on May 11, 1998, India again tested nuclear weapons and Pakistan soon followed. A good website for information on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is:
* Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers Virtual Library (from the web site of the Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers). They have added a new page on Indian Nuclear Tests and the Test Ban Treaty.
Other sites relating to nuclear testing include:
* Catalog of Known Nuclear Explosions - Catalog of more than 1900 known nuclear explosions. This is a large file.
* Anno Atomi - The year 1957 in American nuclear testing, test by test.
* DOE/NV - News and Publications - Photos and videos of U.S. nuclear testing, provided by the DOE Nevada Operations Office.
* Trinity Atomic Web Site and HEW Archive (U.S.) - Includes information about nuclear testing, including large photo archive deleted from Los Alamos website.
* Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie - Producer Peter Kuran restored declassified archival films of nuclear testing for this and related movies. Site includes video clips.

Film, Video, and CD-ROM

* Jayne Loader's Public Shelter - A new CD-ROM from the maker of the classic film Atomic Cafe. Also a very interesting web site. Jayne is a personal friend. Buy her CD-ROM!
* The Voyager Company - John Else's documentary film The Day After Trinity profiled Robert Oppenheimer's role in the nuclear age. Laser-disk and CD-ROM versions of the film have been released by the Voyager Company.
* Post Modem - Australian film expert Mick Broderick, author of Hibakusha Cinema, surveys nuclear and apocalyptic visions in film.
* The Atomic Archive - Online companion to a CDROM of the same title about the atomic age. Includes text, photos, multimedia.
* Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie - Producer Peter Kuran restored declassified archival films of nuclear testing for this and related movies. Site includes video clips.


* Technology Review, August 1995 issue - The Atomic Age At 50 - Excerpts from a special issue of Technology Review in which 21 experts reflected on Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the nuclear age.
* Fifty Years From Trinity - A 50-year retrospective on the nuclear age, from a special section of the Seattle Times newspaper from 1995.


* Barefoot Gen - Artist Keiji Nakazawa's classic illustrated story "Barefoot Gen."
* Nagasaki Nightmare - A collection of drawings by atomic bomb survivors and photographs of the bomb aftermath, to commemorate the 50th anniversary. From an online art gallery dedicated to the art of activism.
* Infinity City - An art installation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion.


* A-Bomb Bibliography - Bibliography compiled by T. M. Sanders for his Physicists and the Bomb course at the University of Michigan. With links to other online bibliographies.


* Nuclear Treaties - Texts of some important nuclear treaties, including those on nuclear testing and non-proliferation.
* VENONA - Soviet espionage in WWII America, including the Manhattan Project. Text and images of documents (partially) deciphered by U.S. codebreakers, and not declassified until 1995. National Security Agency site.
* Plutonium on the Internet - See a nuclear explosion destroy a house and learn more about the Nuclear Control Institute.
* Federation of American Scientists - Founded in 1945 by concerned Manhattan Project veterans, and still active.
* Peacewire - Hiroshima-Nagasaki information, plus resources for activism, from British Columbia, Canada.
* Nuke Pop - Paul Brians, author of Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, surveys the reflection of nuclear weapons in popular culture, from movies to comic books to candy wrappers. Many images.
* United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - The scientists who built the atomic bomb were motivated by fear of Hitler's Germany. You may wish to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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