Once-Secret Documents

  • Martin Harwit


As the exhibition was taking shape, I was especially fascinated by a handful of documents involving President Truman and his secretary of war. Reading them was like breaking through a fog of historians’ opinions, to personally glimpse fragments of truth. Would not veterans, whose lives had been so greatly affected, feel that same thrill on finding them in our exhibition?


Moral Responsibility Atomic Bomb Manhattan Project Terrible Thing Revealing Document 
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    Albert Einstein to F.D. Roosevelt, August 2, 1939. A copy of this letter is reprinted in Leo Szilard: His Version of the Facts, eds. Spencer R. Weart and Gertrude Weiss Szilard (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1978), 94.Google Scholar
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    Henry Stimson, letter to President Truman, April 24, 1945. Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri.Google Scholar
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    Henry Stimson, “Memo Discussed with the President,” April 25, 1945. Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri.Google Scholar
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    Paul W. Tibbets, “Our Job Was to Win.” Excerpts from a speech given to the Air Force Sergeants Association, June 1994, reprinted in The American Legion, November 1995, 29.Google Scholar
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    Henry Stimson, diary entry for May 15, 1945. Stimson diary, Yale University.Google Scholar
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    “The Last Act: The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II,” exhibition label script, National Air and Space Museum, October 26, 1994, 200–59.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., page 200–58ff (Original letter in Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri).Google Scholar
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    Ibid., page 200–60.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., page 500–8 (and Truman Library), letter from Truman to Richard Russell, August, 9, 1945.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., page 500–7.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., page 200–45 (Original in the National Archives).Google Scholar
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    William D. Leahy, I Was There (New York: Whittlesey House, 1950), 441.Google Scholar
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    Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1948), 443.Google Scholar
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    John Dower, War Without MercyRace and Power in the Pacific War (New York: Pantheon Books, 1986).Google Scholar
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    Life Magazine, May 22, 1944, 35.Google Scholar

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