Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb

Busse Library provides these resources for students and faculty seeking information on the American military's decision to use atomic bombs in Japan during World War II. On August 6, 1945, the city of Hiroshima was struck by the first bomb ("Little Boy") and an estimated 78,000 people died upon impact. Three days later, the city of Nagasaki was the target of a second bomb ("Fat Man") which instantly destroyed a third of the city and killed 27,000 people. In Nagasaki alone, over 150,000 people were killed or injured by the bombing.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park features a cenotaph for the bomb's victims. Inside is a stone chest that holds a continous registry for the names of all persons who died from the bombing, regardless of nationality. As of August 2001, the registry contained seventy-seven volumes and over 220,000 names.

Webpages within the project include: