White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki



7:30 p.m. Monday

HBO Documentary Films often takes on deadly subjects and most often does an excellent job, like the current film reflecting the horror that took place today and on Wednesday in 1945, "White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

The destruction by those two bombs in 1945 amounted to the death of 210,000 people

Writer-producer Steven Okazaki of Farallon Films, tells us he met with more than 500 survivors, interviewed more than 100 and chose 14 for the film, in which they remember those days and the subsequent history of pain and survival.

Many of the Holocaust survivors did not wish to share their thoughts and memories until later years. What seems to be one of the strangest ironies is that there once seemed to be great hope that the victims' retelling of the years of suffering would bring closure.

But many survivors have suffer from prejudice, even today. Even a descendant of a survivor can feel the same prejudice.

The movie doesn't debate the question of whether or not America should have dropped the bombs. But that debate will go on elsewhere, probably forever. One of the bomber pilots said he always gets a good night's sleep.