Los Alamos-Japan Institute builds global storytelling bridges in partnership with scientists, social thinkers, atomic bomb survivors, artists, holocaust survivors, peacemakers, universities, national parks, museums, and communities to connect people across history and culture.
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Join Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s eldest grandson,
and LAJI Founder Dr. Judith Stauber, global group facilitator
and Israel expert for an adventure of a lifetime. Reserve your spot!
• Experience Haifa, nestled between the Carmel Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea • Explore Jerusalem holy sites • Participate in intercultural conversations with local experts • Walking tours
• Food markets• Shuks • Art • Performance by Clifton Truman Daniel as his grandfather •
Question welcome! Contact email@example.com about our inclusive 8-night Israel tour package
In 1948, the US became the first nation to recognize Israel minutes after founding. Weeks later, in the White House Rose Garden, Israeli President Chaim Weizmann, presented Truman with a Torah. In 1951, David Ben Gurion gifted Truman with a menorah. In 1972, Israel issued a stamp in his honor. The Torah and Menorah reside at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.
Chair, Los Alamos-Japan Institute Global Advisory Group
My grandfather took sole responsibility for the atomic bombings of Japan, neither making excuses nor denying the devastation. In 1947, when criticized for placing a wreath at the tomb of six Mexican army cadets who had died fighting against the US 100 years earlier, he said: "They had courage and courage does not belong to any one nation. You honor courage wherever you find it." We rejoice in the lives saved in WWII and acknowledge and honor the suffering of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
An intercultural and organizational development leader, Judith facilitates strategic global dialogue in partnership with universities, museums, national parks, business communities, and government officials. Judith served as Los Alamos History Museum Director (2011-2018) where she expanded exhibits to amplify voices of women, Native American, Hispanic, Jewish refugee scientists—and Japanese perspectives for the first time in the museum’s history. She negotiated and delivered historic proclamations of friendship to Hiroshima and Nagasaki from Los Alamos County. A global group facilitator, Judith collaborates with organizations across the US, UK, Israel, and Japan, has guided thousands of tour participants on unique cultural explorations in the US, Cuba, and Israel. Judith developed the LAJI Truman Israel Tour.
Los Alamos-Japan Institute builds inclusive storytelling bridges between people with shared histories in places of conscience around the world. LAJI creates collaborative cross cultural programs to inspire diplomacy.
Listen to the Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell—an 8,000-pound bronze Kyoto bell designed to symbolize shared peace and friendship with Japan. The bell is part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, TN.
As I was raised in Hiroshima, Los Alamos instantly reminded me of the bombing of Hiroshima on August, 6, 1945. At first I hesitated to visit but the warm personality of Judith Stauber helped me make the decision to actually visit. I cannot forget the warm welcome by Dr. Stauber and the people of Los Alamos. To my surprise, the beautiful blue sky and clear air made me feel refreshed and even familiar. After seeing exhibits and talking with people in Los Alamos—I reaffirmed the tremendous impact of science on humanity and the importance of faithfully facing history.
Kenji Shiga, Former Director Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Paper Crane Foundation supports programming on reconciliation, disarmament and open, honest discussion of conflict. It is the sister organization to Japan’s Sadako Legacy, honoring Hiroshima survivor Sadako Sasaki, whose dying wish was for peace.