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“Experimental Animals” – a documentary about atomic vets.  Goes into more detail than I’ve seen elsewhere about why they and their families never received compensation – there are both military and corporate interests tied up in not having to spend any money on this or acknowledge it.   So they said, there was even one woman in Congress who promised them that any time there was a bill trying to be passed to allow compensation or recognition for atomic vets, she would personally filibuster to make sure it never passed.  And so far nothing has.  This also goes into the ongoing nature of the injuries people received – because it often involves genetic damage, all their descendants are affected, sometimes so severely they die quite young.  (Note: One version of the r-word is used many times in this video, but always as a medical term, not as an insult.)

JAPAN, Hiroshima - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) looks on as US President Barack Obama (2nd R) hugs a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, during a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, 2016. Obama on May 27 paid moving tribute to victims of the world’s first nuclear attack. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON                        

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Shukkein Garden by Karolina Lubryczynska

Ten years after he first profiled a group of atomic bomb survivors, Patrick Cox returns to Hiroshima and talks with the children and grandchildren of survivors. How is the memory of the A-bomb and its aftermath being passed down? Can a memory so unique– and unimaginably horrific– actually be conveyed to people who didn’t experience it? 

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