The 6th and the 9th of August (anniversaries of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) are great opportunities to do some peace education. 2020 is especially significant as this year marks the 75th anniversaries.
CND have produced an online exhibition, free to access and full of information on the bombings.
Check the CND events page each year to find a commemoration happening near you.
At 7.15pm on the 6th and the 9th of August 2020, Sands Film Studios, London, will be live-streaming two tales from survivors of the atomic bombings.
THE PRIEST’S TALE to be streamed on 6th August is an adaptation by actor/playwright Michael Mears of one of the survivor’s accounts from John Hersey’s classic book HIROSHIMA (published by Penguin).
Father Wilhelm was a German Jesuit priest living in Hiroshima at the time of the first atomic bombing. His account is a compelling and clear-eyed description of his experiences that day and in the subsequent months and years – told with compassion and warmth.
75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb, Michael Mears will perform with live violin by Chihiro Ono. Event co-hosted with the Peace and Justice Centre, Edinburgh. FREE
THE DOCTOR’S TALE to be streamed on 9th August is an edited version by actor/playwright Michael Mears of NAGASAKI 1945, an account by a young doctor, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, working in a small hospital in Nagasaki at the time of the second atomic bomb, detailing how he and his small staff, with very limited supplies, survived that day and the following weeks.
75th anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb, Japanese actor Leo Ashizawa will give a live streamed reading of this story, with support from Michael Mears and with live musical accompaniment by Chihiro Ono.
Performed with live violin by Chihiro Ono. Event co-hosted with the Peace and Justice Centre, Edinburgh.