ATROCITIES: Before Hiroshima

In the week when the first U.S. newsmen entered Hiroshima and Nagasaki and made plain to U.S. readers the appalling devastation of those cities, the State Department issued a formal report on atrocities committed by the Japanese. The timing was not missed by many readers.

The State Department report was a compilation of some 240 separate protests made to the enemy while the war raged. Behind the stiff, formal language was apparent the rage which must have gripped Secretaries Hull and Stettinius every time a new atrocity account came in. The Department had refrained from public outburst as...

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