Address by Alice-Yotopoulos Marangopoulos, President of the Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights

Special Plenary Session of the Parliament in honor of the survivors of the nuclear holocaust of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

IMG 2015 05 13 392Μrs. President, honourable members of the Parliament, dear friends Hibakusha, ladies and gentlemen,  

Everyone is aware of the tragic disaster of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, on 6and 9August 1945, caused by the first atomic bomb that was designed by the renowned physicist Robert Oppenheimer.

It is impossible not to be shocked, like I was, by the view of Hiroshima, where only the Atomic Bomb Dome, formerly known as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, was left standing, near which the HiroshimaPeaceMemorial Parkwas built.

Furthermore, it is also an astonishing fact that Oppenheimer himself, the designer of the atomic bomb, became its fiercest opponent and engaged, after the war, in action against the use of nuclear weapons. His death was officially attributed to cancer but rumor has it, in Japan, that he committed suicide because of his unbearable feeling of remorse.

Being deeply affected by all these events and my personal experience, I took the initiative to set up within the MFHR a Special Committee against the production and use of atomic bombs, as well as any weapon based on nuclear energy.

Our Committee cooperates with all national and international organizations and associations, such as the Nobel Peace Prize winner “International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)”, which serve similar objectives.

Our Foundation congratulates the Greek Parliament for organizing this event of memory and honour, which promotes and disseminates the fight against atomic-nuclear weapons.

We further congratulate warmly the great work of the “Peace Boat” which reminds us of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki tragedies, but also of our duty to prevent such devastating actions in the future.

Before concluding, I feel obliged to express my painful thought that although the leaders of the defeated countries were rightly punished as war criminals, because they had destroyed the winning countries, no such punishment was imposed upon those responsible for the war crimes committed by the winning countries against those defeated.

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