December 30, 1998
Raemer Schreiber,88, a physicist who helped assemble the plutonium cores for the world's first atomic blast and the bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, died Thursday in Los Alamos, N.M.Mr. Schreiber worked on the Manhattan Project, which set off the first atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert July 16, 1945, and built the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki the next month.He belonged to the crew entrusted with one of the most delicate steps leading to the first test blast -- placing the plutonium core into a cylindrical uranium container.
April 16, 1992
"Rhapsody in August," which plays for one day only at the Charles, is unlikely to add much luster to the legend of the great Akira Kurosawa, but it's a surprisingly gentle, affecting movie.It's very much the movie of a man haunted by history -- or rather, a particular moment in history, 11:15 a.m., Aug. 9, 1945, when an American B-29 dropped a nuke on Nagasaki, Japan. If you ask, I'll defend the bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, on the grounds that it probably saved a million American and Japanese lives.
July 22, 2005
To prepare for a possible Allied invasion of Japan, a special detachment of Japanese-American soldiers began training troops at Fort Meade during the last week of July 1945. The 13 soldiers, attached to a U.S. military intelligence training unit, instructed 1,200 soldiers that week on the organization and tactics of Japanese infantry units, in the operation and characteristics of Japanese weaponry, and in the use of simple Japanese phrases. As it turned out, the training was not needed.
November 6, 2006
Over time, certain operas become sacred, their stories treated like divine revelations, never in the slightest need of fresh interpretations. Puccini's Madama Butterfly is a case in point. For true believers, everything about this tale of love, loss and culture clash in early 1900s Nagasaki is clear and sensible as it stands. So anytime someone considers bringing such a sacrosanct work to the stage, the only proper course of action is to stay the course, to go with the opera you have, not the one you wish you had. Madama Butterfly continues through Nov. 19 at the Kennedy Center, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues Northwest.
August 5, 2005
A STORY THAT the U.S. government hoped would never see the light of day finally has been published, 60 years after it was spiked by military censors. The discovery of reporter George Weller's firsthand account of conditions in post-nuclear Nagasaki sheds light on one of the great journalistic betrayals of the last century: the cover-up of the effects of the atomic bombing on Japan. On Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima; three days later, Nagasaki was hit. Gen. Douglas MacArthur promptly declared southern Japan off-limits, barring the news media.
June 18, 1992
Jacob Beser, the only crew member to fly on both atomic bomb missions over Japan at the end of World War II, died early yesterday of cancer at his home on St. Albans Road in Pikesville. He was 71.Mr. Beser was a young officer in the Army Air Forces on Aug. 6, 1945, when he flew aboard the plane Enola Gay on the bombing mission that devastated Hiroshima; three days later, he was aboard the plane Bock's Car when it bombed Nagasaki.The Japanese surrender came five days after the Nagasaki attack, bringing an end to the global conflict.