The impact of the bomb through a
• Perspective of Historians
• Reflections from main participants
– Oppenheimer and his brother, etc.
• Clips and descriptions of the effects of the
– Death and destruction
– Power of the bomb (mushroom cloud)
• After Hiroshima
– The Hydrogen Bomb
– Arms Race
• Soviet Union’s test of atomic bomb, hydrogen
• Up to the point documentary was filmed, 1,200
nuclear bombs tested
Effects of Documentaries vs. Texts
“It treated humans as matter”
• “A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words”
• Puts a human face on the tragedy
– Allows us to see the destruction while
providing us the facts
– Emotion of men involved
– Visual images supplement words
– Evokes sympathy for the Japanese people
and American soldiers
The Strength Of Images
What else does a documentary do?
• Gives us insight into the thoughts of people
involved through personal interviews
• Captures the moment whereas texts are
• Allows for contrasting images
– Cheering American soldiers vs. Devastated
Japanese people, esp. CHILDREN
How Texts and Documentaries
Complement Each Other
• Together, the two combine both intellectual and
emotional aspects of historical events
• They bring together not only the facts of
governmental policies but also the personal
consequences of their implementation.
• Texts choose quotations for their content
whereas documentaries work to capture the
• What image was the most evocative to you?
• Are there any other differences between
documentaries and texts? Similarities?
• Do you prefer documentaries to texts? Why or
• Did you learn anything new from the
• Do you think the United States’ treatment of
Oppenheimer was fair?