Empathy. If not now, when?
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 Truman
Honorary Chairman Truman Library Institute
Los Alamos-Japan Institute Advisory Board Chair
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, Former Director
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Dr. Judith Stauber founded Los Alamos-Japan Institute in 2018 and forged a non-profit fiscal partnership with Ellen Bradbury Reid and Recursos de Santa Fe in 2019. Judith works to bridge communication between places of conscience that share history but little mutual understanding. An advocate for bearing witness to history so that it is never repeated, Stauber negotiated and delivered proclamations of understanding to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on behalf of Los Alamos County to honor the historic friendship she established as Los Alamos History Museum Director, 2011-2018. Judith’s expertise in intercultural communication informs the immersive tours and travel experiences she has guided to places such as Cuba, Israel, US, and Japan. Judith invites you to bring your voice to our global multi-faceted atomic legacy.
Contact welcome: JUDITH@LAJI.US
Photo: Judith Stauber with Masahiro Sasaki in Hiroshima.
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