Civil Defense: Coffins or Shields?

"Shelters against atomic and hydrogen bombs are nothing but coffins and tombs prepared in advance. There is no bunker, not even hermetically sealed, where one could sit quietly through explosions of atomic and hydrogen bombs."

With those words, the Soviet Union's Minister of Defense, Marshal Rodion Y. Malinovsky, in the course of a rocket-rattling Moscow interview, last week injected himself from afar into the U.S. shelter debate. President Kennedy has already asked Congress for $700 million in fiscal 1963 for an accelerated civil defense program, which aims eventually at creating shelter space for...

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