Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
This is a compelling documentary on the second and third-generation survivors of the atomic bomb blasts that obliterated Nagasaki and Hiroshima in early August, 1945. Over 250,000 people were killed instantly and in the decades since, thousands more have died of radiation sickness. In Hiroshima a single, garrish skeleton of a building was intentionally left standing after the holocaust. That memorial, along with the museum of photos and bicycles trapped in melted cement is an inanimate reminder of man's inhumanity to women, men, and children. The other reminders evoke tears of compassion: suffering in hospitals or homes for the aged, survivors battle radiation sickness as they wait to die, even in the 1980s. Their children can only marry the children of other survivors and the entire radiation-infected population of the two cities was forced to live apart in a separate ghetto. Grandchildren now wait for their first medical problems to show up, and Korean victims of the holocaust languish in segregated wards in the city's hospitals. Director Erwin Leiser has performed a humanitarian service in filming this documentary for the world to see.