Originally Published: September 10, 2010 9:59 p.m.
Kudos to Mr. Bill Weiss who on Aug. 22 presented the course of the last months of the World War II Pacific Theatre, Japanese preparations for a possible American invasion, the mindset and decisions of the Japanese War Cabinet and Emperor Hirohito and the discussions by President Truman and his military, scientific and civilian advisers that led to the atomic bombing of Japan.
His presentation was brilliantly organized and spoke to both sides of each key issue that let to the decision.
So many retirees today were less than 10 years old at the time of the bombing and the subsequent surrender by Japan and the recollection of most was little more than observing the celebration of parents and neighbors without really understanding the magnitude and short- and long-term implications of the atomic bombing decision.
Bill was able to bring the topic alive and, for the first time in my life, I gained an understanding of what was going on at the time and what were the defining elements that led to the bombing and surrender.
Mr. Weiss is a local treasure whose scholarship and presentation skills can bring new meaning to many of our lives' most important events.
I would highly recommend that organizations that are interested in this or other critical topics contact Bill Weiss at 443-8456.