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What Holocaust Survivors Told Me When I was Growing Up

I grew up in a non-descript, older suburb on the Northern border of Chicago named Skokie. No one who isn’t from the area should even know the name of Skokie, but probably many of you do. Skokie was 58% Jewish when I was growing up there in the 60s and 70s, the largest percentage of any Chicago suburb, and included in that number was over 8,000 Holocaust survivors. Many of my friend’s parents and extended family (that had survived) were Holocaust survivors. My neighborhood was almost entirely

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Slaughtering Children with Nuclear Weapons

During the two nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many thousands of children were killed. In Hiroshima, where I live, many schools have memorials to the students and teachers that were killed during the nuclear attacks. Some have preserved small sections of the school as they were on the day of the attack. Here are photos of two schools, one in Hiroshima and one in Nagasaki, taken by the United States Strategic Bombing Survey team in the autumn of

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Bringing a Gameboy to a Total War

So often we hear, quite accurately, that the Democratic Party in the United States brings a “knife to a gun fight” in its political battles with the rival Republican Party. As an American, in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh nightmare, I want to remind everyone that these very same people—who proclaim that a man who is clearly in a rage tornado with no tangible compassion for the pain of others to be a paragon of decency and the real victim—are the people we have to rely on to soberly and

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Podcast interview about the book "Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the Post-Cold War"

Earlier this year I published a co-edited book with Nico Taylor on nuclear humanities in the post-Cold War world, with Routledge Press. The book argues that nuclear scholarship has shifted in the post-Cold War era and is, in many ways, freed from its earlier sense that it should somehow contribute to waking people up to the threat of nuclear war, and help save the world. A tall order for academics in any field. We argue that the end of the Cold War has liberated nuclear scholarship to re-assess

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