CREATORDannen, Gene
TITLEAtomic Bomb: Decision: Documents on the Decision to Use Atomic Bombs on the Cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
DATE ACCESSED16 November 2016

This website provides over 20 primary documents (most full-text) about the decision to use atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Gene Dannen, the creator of the site, transcribed the documents for the Web in 1995, from photocopies he had made during research at the U.S. National Archives in 1982. The documents include the Franck Report, Leo Szilard's petitions to President Truman asking him not to use the atomic bomb, other petitions from Oak Ridge scientists, eyewitness accounts of the Trinity test, minutes of the Target Committee, and other letters, transcripts, and diary entries related to the use of the bomb on Japan. Some of the documents were published here for the first time. The names of the scientists who signed the petitions had never been published before. The selections, arranged in chronological order, present an engaging account of the events surrounding the development and use of the bomb. The last item is a rare 1960 interview with Leo Szilard, reprinted from U.S. News and World Report.

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