LAJI builds global networks to combat racism, hate, and antisemitism with artists, scientists, social thinkers, Holocaust survivors, atomic bomb survivors, universities, national parks, museums, businesses and communities. LAJI promotes intercultural partnerships and inclusion through dialogue. LAJI values complex and nuanced storytelling to inspire cultural diplomacy and human change. LAJI is named for the historic friendships developed between former US-Japan enemy atomic legacy communities. This sacred foundation informs our global human-centered storytelling work today.
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.
"For me, the recognition of Israel is a story of two friends—one, a small businessman, imploring the other, the most powerful leader on earth, to listen to the story of a people who wanted and deserved the safety and self-determination of a sovereign nation."
An intercultural communication leader, Judith facilitates strategic development and community building with universities, museums, national parks, organizations, and business leaders in the US, UK, Israel, and Japan. Judith transformed Los Alamos history exhibits to include Jewish refugee, Japanese, and other underrepresented voices and untold stories for the first time—and delivered historic atomic legacy proclamations from Los Alamos to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Judith founded LAJI in partnership with Clifton Truman Daniel to combat hate, racism, and antisemitism through cultural partnership, global dialogue, and diplomacy.
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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.
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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