Communication across atomic culture
in Los Alamos, Hiroshima, Nagasaki,
Kyoto and beyond.
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 World War II while acknowledging and honoring the suffering of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
~Clifton Truman Daniel
Grandson, President Harry Truman
Honorary Chairman Truman Library Institute
Los Alamos-Japan Institute Advisory Board
The name Los Alamos is unknown in Japan, but I have heard it every now and then. As I was raised in Hiroshima, Los Alamos instantly reminded me of the bombing of Hiroshima on August, 6, 1945. I first 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 Judith and the people in the Los Alamos community. To my surprise, the beautiful blue sky and clear air made me feel refreshed and even familiar. At the same time, after seeing exhibits and talking with people in Los Alamos—I reaffirmed the tremendous impact from science on humanity and the importance of faithfully facing history.
~Kenji Shiga, Director
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Dr. Judith Stauber is founding director of Los Alamos-Japan Institute. She fosters dialogue across culture, history, and memory on a global scale. Stauber’s expertise in intercultural communication has shaped the dozens of cultural heritage tours she has guided to places around the world including Cuba, Israel, and Japan.
In 2017 Stauber negotiated and delivered proclamations of understanding to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on behalf of Los Alamos County. Judith facilitates cultural and strategic planning with museums, universities, organizations, and community groups—she invites civil dialogue and multiple perspectives to broaden global understanding of our shared atomic legacy.
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