On August 6th, I participated in the 35th annual commemoration of Hiroshima Day by the DC Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee. One of the other speakers was Professor Of History Peter Kuznick of American University. He directs the Nuclear Studies Institute and regular leads trips to the Hiroshima Peace Museum.

Five years ago, the Institute hosted an exhibition of artifacts from the atom-bombed cities. Most were originally intended to be part of a full historical exhibit surrounding the display of the Enola Gay by the Smithsonian which was abandoned in the face of controversy (a sad story deserving its own blog post). Given that it is impossible at this time to visit the cities in person, the online guided tour of the exhibit by Professor Kuznick is a valuable way to experience a small piece of the visceral encounter with the remnants of nuclear destruction.