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Susan Strickler

“The Vow from Hiroshima”: Advocacy for Nuclear Disarmament

In 2017 Setsuko Thurlow, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima after being pulled out of a fiery building, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of all survivors. Thurlow became a lifelong disarmament activist, and her story is told in "The Vow from Hiroshima," a documentary written, directed, and produced by Susan Strickler. 


Strickler will use the documentary’s story as a springboard to discuss the impact of nuclear weapons, why we know so little about the American occupation of Japan, and the censorship of information about the bombing.


Even though it occurred 79 years ago, the bombing remains relevant. The madness of mutually assured destruction still exists. Large nuclear arsenals still exist. More nations continue to acquire nuclear weapons. After the Berlin Wall came down, it seems that many people stopped worrying about nuclear weapons, but the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons persisted. Strickler will discuss its progress.




Putnam Foundation