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Testimony from Atomic Bomb Survivors in Winooski, VT

Posted by Erin Bechtol

by Marguerite Adelman // Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 

From September 18-20, 2018, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Burlington VT Branch completed 3 days of nuclear disarmament/peace education programming at 6 schools (4 high schools and 2 universities), reaching over 3000 students and teachers directly and many more indirectly (through radio/television programs, newspapers, social media, etc.). Our local public access channel taped the program we held at the University of Vermont on September 19th:  Hibakusha Stories:  Testimonies of Atomic Bomb Survivors and Today’s Nuclear Weapons. The recording is now available to anyone, anywhere who would like to view it and use it.

High school and college students were in tears and lined up to hug our two Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors), both of whom exuded love, compassion, and reconciliation. Many attendees have been moved to action (one of our goals).  And while viewing the tape may not be the same as being present for the testimony and discussion, the viewing experience is still very, very worthwhile.  Feel free to share this link far and wide:

This project wasn’t just focused on 1945; we tied it in with a larger, long-term educational and action campaign to support the UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons.  For more information, contact Marguerite Adelman, WILPF Burlington VT, at 518-561-3939 or

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