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Leslie Sussan


Leslie Sussan and Neko-chan

AUGUST 6, 2020

7 PM


On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Leslie A. Sussan will participate in a virtual event hosted by the D.C. Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Committee.  The 39th annual National Capital Area Hiroshima Commemoration will feature a rare showing of Lost Generation, a color documentary about the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, produced by the Ten-Feet campaign using footage from Herbert Sussan’s crew. Leslie A. Sussan, author of Choosing Life, will discuss how her father, Herbert Sussan, directed the filming of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and spent the rest of his life trying to get the footage released.  

Available July 15, 2020

Choosing Life


In 1946, with the war over and Japan occupied, 2nd Lt. Herbert Sussan received a plum assignment. He would get to use his training as a cinematographer and join a Strategic Bombing Survey crew to record the results of the atomic bombings in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

This book recounts Herbert Sussan’s experiences (drawn directly from an oral history he left behind), his daughter’s quest to understand what he saw in Japan, and the stories of survivors whose lives touched both father and daughter.

Choosing Life Book

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