I grew up under the shadow of World War II because my father was a child survivor of a Japanese concentration camp and my mother was pro-atomic bomb. Living in Japan helped me realize what really happened and make up my own mind about the atomic bombings.
With 88-year-old Hibakusha Mr. Inousuke Hayasaki in the Nagasaki Peace Park. I imagine my mother turning over in her grave at the thought of me socializing with Hibakushas, atomic bomb survivors, while living in Japan. They were after all, the mortal enemy in her mind, they killed my Dutch grandfather and imprisoned my father during … Continue reading Love Thy Enemy: Meeting Atomic Bomb Survivors in Nagasaki and Hiroshima